Properties Magazine June 2015 : Page 28

Efficiency in Operation Lean methods streamline design, construction of Akron Children’s Hospital addition By Mark Watt | Photos by Blake Marvin/HKS, Inc. S even years ago, Akron Children’s Hospital embarked on a mission to systematically improve operations to better serve its young patients and their families. With more than 650,000 patient visits per year, the hospital had evolved into the largest pediatric healthcare provider in Northeast Ohio, but the continual growth presented a problem: Akron Children’s had outgrown its existing facilities. To answer that challenge, the hospital system launched what it calls Master Plan 2030, a multi-phased initiative to upgrade its campus. center of campus, Kay Jewelers Pavilion presents itself as the hospital’s new front door. Inside, the facility features a new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a state-of-the-art emergency department and an expanded outpatient surgery center, as well as the hospital’s first-ever dedicated labor and delivery center for high-risk births. The building allows Akron Children’s to manage a larger volume of emergency department visitors, expands clinical ser-vices and provides comfortable, spacious and flexible patient rooms, as well as streamlining outpatient visits overall – all while creating a soothing, comfortable atmosphere designed to improve the user experience for patients, visitors and staff. “Ultimately, this building furthers our mission to deliver family-centered care to the communities we serve,” says Akron Children’s Hospital VP of Operations and Chief Operating Officer Grace Wakulchik. That ambitious plan is officially becoming a reality with the recent open-ing of Kay Jewelers Pavilion, a $180 million, 368,725-square-foot addition that more than doubles available space for healthcare services at its campus in downtown Akron. Paired with an adja-cent $20 million, 1,100-space parking garage that opened two years ago, the new seven-story building completes the first phase of the campus master plan. Featuring a façade with a gently curv-ing glass curtain wall overlooking the tree-lined Perkins Square Park at the 28 Photo by Jim Maguire Investing in efficiency Design and construction of the new facility was a collaborative effort by local, 3URSHUWLHV | June 2015

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