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Akron Children’s Hospital takes over pediatric unit

December 12, 2012
Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - An agreement has been signed between Akron Children's Hospital and East Liverpool City Hospital (ELCH) that will result in Akron's Children operating the pediatric unit at the East Fifth Street facility.

According to the plan, Akron Children's will operate the 15-bed unit in space leased from ELCH beginning in January.

"We recognize the need to bring Akron Children's pediatric expertise closer to where our families live and are happy to add East Liverpool as a valued partner to our more than 80 service locations," according to Bill Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children's Hospital.

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Photo illustration of East Liverpool City Hospital.

"This will solidify our long relationship with East Liverpool City Hospital and allow us another way to fulfill our promise to care for all children as we would our own and to work tirelessly so all children can reach their full potential," Considine continued.

The transition is expected to be seamless for patients and families. The same team of doctors and clinicians who currently provide care on the unit will continue to staff the new unit.

Kenneth Cochran, ELCH president and CEO, said, "This arrangement is another example of our hospital bringing high quality health care to our community. (The hospital) is determined to provide excellent health care, right here at home. Through our relationship with Akron Children's, we can provide that type of pediatric care on-site, allowing our patient families to receive care locally."

Akron Children's and ELCH are working collaboratively to integrate quality monitoring and performance improvement programs, bringing together the best of both organizations.

Akron Children's also operates a pediatric unit at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Robinson. Akron Children's operates Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) at its campus in Akron, Akron General Medical Center, Summa's Akron City Hospital and St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. Additionally, Akron Children's operates a Special Care Nursery at its Beeghly campus in Boardman.

With eight specialties on the US News & World Report Best Children's Hospitals rankings, Akron Children's is the largest pediatric provider in northeast Ohio. It has two hospital campuses, 20 primary care and 63 pediatric specialty locations and its staff handles more than 650,000 patient visits annually.

It also serves as a major teaching affiliate of Northeast Ohio Medical University and offers a number of pediatric sub-specialty fellowship programs.

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River Valley Health Partners is a health system composed of the East Liverpool City Hospital, River Valley Health Partner Physicians, The Therapy Center in Calcutta, The Therapy Center II in Lisbon, Dasco-River Valley Home Medical and Ohio Valley Home Health Services.

The organization serves residents of Columbiana County and other Ohio communities as well as those in nearby Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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