Childhood trauma comes in many shapes and sizes. People might typically think of mass shooting or a natural disaster, but trauma can also stem from domestic violence, divorce, the death of a loved one and even a chronic illness in the family. Akron Children’s has been awarded a $1.6 million federal grant to provide services and support to children and families who have experienced psychological trauma.
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.