What started as a nursery more than 100 years ago but has since turned into the largest pediatric health care system in northeast Ohio? If you guessed Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron you'd be right on the money. The health system operates through about 80 locations scattered around the state, including its flagship, 250-bed hospital in Akron. Among Children's specialized services are cardiology, orthopedics, rehabilitation, and home care. It also has a second 50-bed inpatient hospital called the Akron Children's Beeghly Campus. The main hospital's emergency department treats nearly 70,000 patients each year. Its regional burn center sees about 3,700 visits per year.
Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron is also a major teaching facility, affiliated with Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy and offers nearly a dozen subspecialty fellowship training programs.
Children's operates its Beeghly campus along with Humility of Mary Health Partners. The two opened the pediatric hospital in 2008 in Mahoning Valley. It has nearly three dozen private rooms, a pediatric emergency department, and an outpatient hematology/oncology clinic. Also in 2008, Children's launched Ohio's first and only pediatric medical transport helicopter, known as Air Bear.
The hospital system has certainly not been resting on its laurels since opening the Beeghly campus. It has also opened Akron's Children's - Montrose (a six-room emergency care facility) and began implementing electronic medical records at its Hudson and Montrose emergency departments. Children's also runs one of the state's largest pediatric primary care networks with 15 offices in seven counties including Cuyahoga, Medina, Wayne, Tuscawaras, and Portage. – less