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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.

‘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.

How to build a better ED: Learning from Seattle Children’s

HKS architect Rachel Saucier

Akron Children’s Hospital, firmly rooted in northeast Ohio and the Midwest since 1890, is looking to a West Coast children’s hospital for guidance as it begins a $200 million expansion of its main campus.

Integrated Lean Project Delivery flips the design process

During the July Kaizen, the teams worked with a 3D model of the new campus. The existing hospital is on the left and the new building is on the right.

For the past few months, hospital leaders, patient families, doctors, nurses and clinical staff have been meeting regularly with architects, builders and Akron Children’s Lean Six Sigma process improvement team to plan the new patient tower, which is part of a $200 million expansion.