Inside Children's Blog

Local children’s artwork to adorn Kay Jewelers Pavilion

Akron Children’s art consultant, Ron Beahn, coordinated with more than 60 elementary, middle and high schools to collect student artwork to grace the walls of exam rooms, waiting areas, hallways and other parts of the hospital.

Generosity celebrated at donor preview

Donors took center stage during an exclusive event on April 10 to celebrate the opening of the Kay Jewelers Pavilion this spring.

The nearly 140 donors were the first to tour the building and see the named areas made possible by philanthropy including the Women’s Board of Akron Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, GOJO Outpatient Surgery Center and Murdough Family Lobby, to name a few. Following the tours, guests enjoyed dinner on the new connector between the main hospital and the pavilion.

Kay Jewelers Pavilion transforms patient care (Infographic)

Have you ever wondered how many basketball courts could fit in Akron Children’s new Kay Jewelers Pavilion? Or how tall the building is in giraffes?

Your curious questions about our new medical building are answered in this infographic.

Up on the rooftop, construction workers pause …

Last year, workers fashioned a Christmas tree powered by a car battery that was hoisted by one of our massive cranes each night. The cranes may be gone this year, but the holiday spirit remains. This year Santa is climbing to the 15-foot Christmas tree on the roof of our new Kay Jewelers Pavilion.

Sculptures find new home at hospital’s medical tower

Quietly standing in the landscape of the Kay Jewelers Pavilion will be a family of sculptures without a name but not without purpose. Local artist, Don Drumm, is donating 3 free-standing sculptures to adorn the grounds of the building. Although Drumm didn’t design the sculptures specifically for the hospital, the pieces are a beautiful reflection of the families it serves.

New dining area to resemble a garden patch

What would a backyard be without a light and airy spot to relax and have a bite to eat? In keeping with the “backyard” theme of the new building, Akron Children’s has created a dining area that resembles a “garden patch,” with a color scheme featuring bright greens, oranges and reds, reminiscent of growing vegetables. […]

Hospital staff cooks up dozens of ways to thank construction crew

Dressed in hardhats, safety goggles and reflective vests, 15 Akron Children’s staff members arrived at the construction crew lunchroom recently carrying white bakery boxes full of cookies and cupcakes. Their generous gesture was met with applause and cheers, before the crew members descended upon the sugary contents of the boxes.

The art of building child-friendly hospital space

When Akron Children’s Hospital’s new building opens in 2015, more than 400 new pieces of colorful, child-friendly art will adorn its walls. The art will match the building’s backyard theme, as well as the related themes of the individual department floors. Of the total, 250 pieces will be children’s art.

Train process keeps construction on track

When Welty-Boldt Production Engineer Graham Ryan tells a trade partner that he’s getting on the train, the partner isn’t going to be watching the bucolic views unfold along the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The train Ryan is talking about is an outgrowth of Takt Planning, part of the lean process being used to construct Akron Children’s new medical tower, slated to open in spring 2015.

Staff, families make furniture choices for new building

The hospital recently held a “furniture fair” to give staff and patient families an opportunity to experience several furniture options and select the most comfortable and functional.