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.
Our child life specialists play a critical role in helping to reduce stress and anxiety for children and families before, during and after medical procedures. It’s a perspective they’re sharing with the team planning and building the new $200-million critical care tower at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Feedback from families has played a key role in the design phase of a new $200-million medical tower at Akron Children’s Hospital’s downtown campus. During the process, parents were able to interact with full-scale floor models of the new patient care areas and were joined by their children for a focus group.
In a free-wheeling exchange of ideas, the parents who participated in a focus group to help design Akron Children’s Hospital’s new critical care tower clearly love much about the current facility. They hope to see Akron Children’s culture preserved as it grows bigger.
Over the past 8 years or so we have had our fair share of hospital visits between my mom’s cancer, Jordan’s multiple visits, and welcoming new members into our family – not to mention my experience with my career choice as an occupational therapist.
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.