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Children's Progress: Progress - Winter 2017

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Room to grow - Considine Professional building to double in size

Akron Children’s to nearly double the size of Considine Professional Building
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Continuing our campus transformation. The 230,000-square-foot addition to the Considine Professional Building will streamline the patient experience. The new space will make it easier to navigate the campus while adding convenience with entry-based check-in and more outpatient clinics under one roof.

The campus transformation continues at Akron Children’s Hospital.

In February, the hospital will break ground on a 230,000-square-foot addition to the Considine Professional Building. Once complete, it will bring together all outpatient clinics on the Akron campus    and continue the campus transformation the hospital began in 2012 when it broke ground on the Kay Jewelers Pavilion.

“Our vision is to design a family-friendly space that supports the delivery of care in an environment that providers and staff are happy to work in,” said  Grace Wakulchik, chief operating officer.

The design of the new space will be more flexible, and will: 

  • Bring programs together under one roof. Outpatient programs currently located in the main hospital, the Locust Professional Building and elsewhere will have one home in the new building.
  • Streamline the patient experience. Another major improvement is the extension of the connector from the Kay Jewelers Pavilion to the main hospital building to the expanded Considine Professional Building. This will improve wayfinding and provide a consistent, modern architectural design for the campus.
  • Add convenience with entry-based check-in. Rather than going to individual departments, patients and families will check-in for appointments as soon as they enter the building.
  • Create more space for care. By nearly doubling the existing square footage of the building, the addition will help create space for new departments and universal exam rooms. It also will give current building “residents,” such as Sports Rehab and the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center, room to expand.

We’re again approaching this project by keeping the perspective of the patient family central in our planning.” 
– Grace Wakulchik, chief operating officer

Construction is set to complete by April 2018, with a target cost of $84 million.

To learn how you can support the Considine Professional Building expansion, call 330-543-8340.

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