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Akron Children's, Aultman collaborate to bring family-centered pediatric care to Stark County

12-08-2017 (Akron, Ohio )

Akron Children’s will bring pediatric primary care, about a dozen of its most in-demand pediatric specialty care practices and rehabilitation services to a new 3-story, 38,000 sq. ft. building in North Canton.

The Akron Children’s North Canton Health Center is the first of several such centers planned throughout the region, recognizing the priority parents place on having the highest quality pediatric care for their children in a convenient location, close to home.

Ground will soon be broken on the Health Center, to be located at 6076 Whipple Ave., on Aultman Hospital property as part of a long-term lease. The center will open in early 2019. The hospital plans for services currently located at three other Stark County locations to be consolidated in this one convenient location.

“Our new North Canton Health Center will have all of our most essential services in one address, with easy wayfinding and free parking,” said Grace Wakulchik, president of Akron Children’s. “We know parents come to appointments with strollers, siblings, diaper bags and perhaps a child who is ill and anxious. Family-centered care has always been central to our mission and we are always working to enhance the patient experience.”

“This project is the latest in a series of collaborations between Akron Children’s and Aultman Hospital,” said Wakulchik. “We are very happy at how the services we now offer in Stark County have been embraced by the families here.”

“Aultman is proud of how the partnership between our organization and Akron Children’s has taken shape,” said Chris Remark, chief executive officer of Aultman. “We are using the strengths of two independent systems to serve our community’s children, our most valuable resource.”

The first floor of the building will be the North Canton office of Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics, a medical home for babies, children and teens staffed by board-certified pediatricians, nurse practitioners and pediatric nurses. This office will also have on-site experts in behavioral and mental health and positive parenting as these services are in great demand.

The second floor will have outpatient services for pediatric specialties, such as cardiology, endocrinology, allergy/immunology, neurology, pulmonology, sports medicine, orthopedics, urology, gastroenterology and ophthalmology.

The ground level will house rehabilitation services – physical, occupational, and speech therapy.

In 2016, Akron Children’s outpatient, ER and primary care visits by Stark County children exceeded 134,000.