To celebrate the new space, Akron Children’s hosted a community open house last Saturday.
The 5,000 square foot space, located at The Market Place, 5000 E. Market Street in Warren, features 9 exam rooms, 3 assessment rooms, ultrasound, lab draw area, radiology room, echocardiogram room, nurses’ stations and physician charting area.
“It’s important for families to stay close to home when finding quality health care,” said Lisa Taafe, clinical administrative director, Akron Children’s Mahoning Valley. “Offering these specialties will allow us to bring Akron Children’s pediatric expertise closer to families in Trumbull County.”
Patient families provided an important perspective during the planning process. They participated in mock-ups using wood and cardboard and considered several aspects, including wheelchair access, waiting area space, brightness of rooms and more.
“It was interesting to see how something like this is built, and exciting to know that the needs and comfort of patients and their families are considered, every step of the way,” said Sarah Plant, a mother who participated in the process. “From the size of the hallways to the way we’ll be greeted when we walk in the door, it really takes a lot of work to prepare for the kind of experience we’ve come to expect.”
The hospital used the Lean process for this project, which helps streamline services, save costs and increase capacity through improved use of resources.
“We’re making sure that the space works for our patients, physicians and staff, and that’s why we take the time to test the space,” said Sherry Valentine, Lean Six Sigma deployment leader at Akron Children’s Hospital.