Nearly 18 months before the planned start of construction of a $30-plus million Beeghly campus emergency department addition, a major lean initiative kicked off with a goal of shaving 15 percent off the estimated project costs. At its heart was a full-scale cardboard mock-up of the space in a former Kmart Super Store temporarily rented […]
There have always been bricks and mortar in Lin Gentile’s life. Lin, vice president, construction & support services at Akron Children’s Hospital, comes from a family of builders, with both her father and brother involved in the construction and maintenance of buildings. When Lin began overseeing Children’s construction and expansion projects, the work came naturally […]
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.