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About the Project

The critical care tower lobby

Rendering of the critical care tower lobby

From humble beginnings as a day nursery in 1890, Akron Children’s Hospital has evolved into the largest pediatric healthcare system in northeast Ohio, operating 2 pediatric hospitals, 22 pediatrician offices, and about 70 pediatric specialty locations across the region.

Our pediatric services draw more than 650,000 patient visits each year, and include children, teens and adults from across the country and around the world.

In 2012, we announced the launch of a $200 million expansion of our Akron campus to meet the current and future needs of children and their families. Called “Building on the Promise,” the expansion project is the result of significant growth in the hospital’s patient volumes and services.

The campus expansion will include:

  • A 100-bed neonatal intensive care unit with private rooms for each of our tiniest patients and their parents. The current Level III NICU is nationally ranked but has outgrown its space.
  • High-risk delivery area that includes labor, delivery and recovery rooms to keep at-risk newborns close to the high-tech care they need.
  • An emergency department with enough room to meet our current and future patient volumes. Annual ER visits of more than 60,000 to the Akron campus strain the hospital’s resources in a facility built to accommodate 44,000.
  • A new outpatient surgery center designed to accommodate a more than doubling of outpatient procedures in the past 20 years.
  • An enclosed concourse that takes patients and staff from the new 1,250-space parking garage to the new building and beyond into the existing hospital.

At the same time we’re adding the new parking deck and building, the Ronald McDonald House of Akron will undergo an expansion project as well.

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