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Final design workshop for NICU likened to “speed dating” [Photo Gallery]

Neonatologist Anand Kantak participates in NICU design kaizen

Akron Children’s Hospital’s NICU team began its final design kaizen with an approach that could be compared to “speed dating.”

How will healthcare look in 20 years? That would be nice to know as we build now

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As Akron Children’s Hospital moves forward with its $200 million campus expansion, a crystal ball would come in handy. With healthcare reform, changing demographics, and other uncertainties, our goal is to build flexibility into our design in every way possible. We can make educated guesses regarding future patient volumes and acuity, reimbursement levels, the always-changing technology and best practices for care, but they are just that – educated guesses.

Simulations help team design most efficient ER

Dr. Digiulio examines mannequin during ER simulation

A 15-month-old lies in an ER trauma room after being transported by EMS from an adult hospital. Lab results indicate possible kidney failure. A 6-month-old suffering seizures is being treated in an ER patient room. A baby has been found not breathing in a bassinette by a babysitter and has been brought to the ER […]

Putting the You in NICU

Jordan happy to see his NICU nurse, Betty, at the Kaizen to help design Akron Children's Hospital's new neonatal intensive care unit.

Jordan and I attended the mock-up of Akron Children’s new neonatal intensive care unit. To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect. In fact I should have prepared ourselves for a longer stay with more snacks and distractions for the little man.

No kid wants surgery, but here’s to making the process the best it can be

ENT surgeon Anton Milo participates in September Kaizen to design new outpatient surgery space

As Akron Children’s Hospital moves forward with its plans to build a $200 million critical care tower, teams continue to meet, brainstorm and test out architectural designs in a true-to-scale setting in weeklong Kaizens. Kaizen is a Lean term that refers to improving processes continually by making incremental changes.

‘Saving lives’ in a mock trauma room

A team of doctors, nurses, parents and others gather in a mock trauma room as part of a scenario to help design the new space.

It’s 3 a.m. in the ER when the call comes in. There’s been a car accident. A 16-year-old boy – unrestrained and the driver – is being life-flighted. He is in respiratory distress and has head injuries. His 10-year-old brother and front-seat passenger is coming by ambulance. His injuries, neck pain and an obvious deformity to the lower body, appear less serious.