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How the ER team will boost efficiency and reduce costs in new space

As our teams assemble to discuss and collaborate on best practices and design of Akron Children’s Hospital’s new $200 million critical care tower, participants continue to experience “Ah, ha!” moments.

Parents weigh in on design of future NICU

Moms who consider themselves “NICU grads” received a detailed look at how Akron Children’s new NICU is taking shape and weighed in on some remaining questions posed by the architects.

No kid wants surgery, but here’s to making the process the best it can be

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.

Using our senses to describe the ideal emergency department

I know I’ve said it before, but we are privileged to have a hospital that cares to ask its employees and parents for input on how to create the best hospital around. The second town hall meeting consisted of a few parents from the previous meeting as well as new faces and employees. Again, we […]

Getting the parents’ perspective for new building

Feedback from families has played a key role in the design phase of a new critical care 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.

‘Saving lives’ in a mock trauma room

It’s 3 a.m. in the ER when the call comes in. There’s been a car accident. A 16-year-old boy – unrestrained and the driver – is being life-flighted. He is in respiratory distress and has head injuries. His 10-year-old brother and front-seat passenger is coming by ambulance. His injuries, neck pain and an obvious deformity to the lower body, appear less serious.

How to build a better ED: Learning from Seattle Children’s

Akron Children’s Hospital, firmly rooted in northeast Ohio and the Midwest since 1890, is looking to a West Coast children’s hospital for guidance as it begins a $200 million expansion of its main campus.

Integrated Lean Project Delivery flips the design process

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.