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Akron Children’s Hospital now operating Aultman Hospital NICU and Maternal Fetal Medicine practice

08-20-2019 (Akron, Ohio )

Akron Children’s Hospital has partnered with Aultman Hospital to operate Aultman’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as well as its Maternal Fetal Medicine practice.

The 25-bed NICU, located in the Aultman Birth Center in the Bedford Building in Canton, is a level III perinatal facility that provides specialty care for premature and high-risk infants.

The change adds Aultman to the other Northeast Ohio hospital NICUs that Akron Children’s operates, which are at Cleveland Clinic Akron General and Summa Health Akron City Hospital in Akron and St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital in the Mahoning Valley. The hospital also operates special care nurseries in Wooster, Boardman and Warren. These are in addition to the NICU on its campus in Akron.  

“As Aultman’s pediatric partner, we are proud to expand our Neonatal Intensive Care and Maternal Fetal Medicine services in Stark County,” said Grace Wakulchik, president and CEO of Akron Children’s. “We value our 10-year partnership with Aultman and are happy that we can keep these vital services here, close to the families we serve.”

“For nearly 50 years, the Aultman NICU has provided exceptional care to families and their newest members, and we’re proud to partner with Akron Children’s yet again to keep these essential services available in our community,” said Chris Remark, CEO of Aultman Healthcare Delivery System.

The new arrangement with Aultman expands on the decade-long collaboration between the two independent health care organizations. Akron Children’s operates the 27-bed inpatient pediatric unit at Aultman Hospital. In addition, Akron Children’s outpatient subspecialty services recently moved to the newly constructed Akron Children’s Health Center, North Canton located on the Aultman North campus, which opened in May.

The Maternal Fetal Medicine practice, which provides care for expectant mothers with high-risk pregnancies or other complications, will remain in the Aultman Physician Office Building. Prabhcharan Gill, M.D., and Michael Krew, M.D., will continue to treat patients in the practice.

In addition to the NICU and Maternal Fetal Medicine practice, Akron Children’s will operate the neonatal follow-up clinic at its North Canton Health Center beginning Sept. 4. This service is currently provided at Aultman. Current providers in the clinic will continue to provide care at the clinic in the health center.