The inpatient unit will have more room to expand, while the special care nursery will provide private rooms for all patient families. The budget for the project is $1.9 million.
“Our goal is to provide the best possible patient care, and single family rooms help us achieve that objective,” said Lisa Taafe, clinical administrative director for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. “Research has shown that the infection rate decreases in a single patient room environment, and that they allow families to participate more in the care of their children.”
Both units are located within Building D on the Beeghly campus.
The special care nursery, which is currently located on the third floor, will move to the second floor in the building. It will feature 15 patient rooms, including 3 twin rooms and 1 isolation room. One is a new family overnight room.
The inpatient unit will occupy 17 rooms on the third floor, along with 6 additional rooms being built in the former special care nursery space. Two of these rooms will accommodate siblings, allowing for families to stay together when brothers/sisters are hospitalized.
Philanthropic support for this project has been provided through a $1 million gift from Eleanor Watanakunakorn. The new special care nursery will be named in honor of her granddaughter, Alexis Caroline Watanakunakorn.
“We are extremely grateful to Mrs. Watanakunakorn for this generous gift,” said JoAnn Stock, director of development for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. “Philanthropic support like this is vital to furthering our mission and ensuring high-quality healthcare is available for families in the Mahoning Valley.”
The gift was made as part of the Building on the Promise: A Vision for our Valley’s Children campaign, which is a multi-year campaign to raise $18 million to facilitate ongoing strategic growth and expansion in the Mahoning Valley.
The project is expected to be completed in the fall.