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New digs unveiled in Green for primary care

Dr. Emmanuel Adekunle with his daughter Yaminah, age 5.

Every day about 130 infants, children and teens walk through the doors of Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics (ACHP) in Green for a well-child check-up, sick visit or sports physical.

Akron Children’s opens new location in Warren

Starting Nov. 17, Akron Children’s will offer specialty services in Warren. Services will include cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, urology, lab and radiology. To celebrate the new space, Akron Children’s hosted a community open house.

Lean Six Sigma process gives neurology a new look

Young patients will be charmed by the fun wall art.

Akron Children’s neurology patients will notice a brighter “neighborhood” feel on their next visit with colorful tulips, trees and birds on the walls and, more importantly, a more efficient, streamlined flow for getting in and out of appointments. The redesign of the neurology department is just the start of massive remodeling of the hospital’s neurodevelopmental science center.

Leaders in the Mahoning Valley earn their Blue Belts

Blue Belt candidates Sarrah Scarmack, pharmacy manager; George Mackall, engineering and facility repair manager; Annie Sofran, senior PR specialist; and Mary Sebest, operations manager, report the results of their error-proofing walk in the Pharmacy.

Before the big game, football players huddle in the locker room with their coaches, devising plays on a large board in an effort to win the game. But huddling is no longer exclusively for sports. It’s just one of the new strategies being applied at Akron Children’s Hospital to ensure its staff functions as a winning team.

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.

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.