On Dec. 14, 2015, Akron Children’s Hospital broke ground for an $18.6 million construction project to expand our Beeghly campus in Boardman by more than 51,000 square feet. This is the first of a 4-phase project that will span the next several years.
“When we opened the doors to Mahoning Valley’s only children’s hospital in 2008, we fulfilled our promise to bring high quality pediatric care closer to home. And now we are building on that promise with this expansion,” said Bill Considine, Akron Children’s president and CEO.
The expansion will be divided into 4 phases. It will include a 2-story addition to Building A, renovations to portions of the current building and creation of a new entrance for the Beeghly campus that will improve how families access our services at the hospital.
The first phase will add 47 exam rooms for pediatric specialty and primary care services. The services that will relocate to the new building include allergy, cardiology, gastroenterology, general surgery, genetics, neonatology, nephrology, neurology, orthopedics, physiatry, plastic and reconstructive surgery, pulmonology, sports medicine and urology. Akron Children’swill also offer a new service: sports rehabilitation.
“We are excited to begin expanding our offerings for patients,” said Sharon Hrina, vice president of Akron Children’s Mahoning Valley. “The goals of this expansion are to improve access for families, increase our primary care capacity, relocate specialty services from the Boardman Medical Pavilion to our Beeghly campus, build our capacity for growth, and consolidate our clinics. We have been in this community for a long time and we are happy to invest and show that Akron Children’s will be here for many years to come.”
Staying true to the roots of the Mahoning Valley, the interior of the building will incorporate local heritage into the design.
Funding for the project will come from the hospital’s capital budget as well as philanthropic support from the community. The project is part of the Building on the Promise: Vision for our Valley’s Children campaign, which gives donors the opportunity to create a legacy of caring for the children of the area’s children.
To learn more about how you can contribute to Akron Children’s efforts, contact JoAnn Stock at 330-746-9122.