Akron Children’s to Operate Pediatric Unit, Special Care Nursery at St. Joseph Health Center

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St. Joseph Health Center and Akron Children’s Hospital have signed an agreement for Akron Children’s to operate the pediatric unit and special care nursery at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.

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St. Joseph Health Center and Akron Children’s Hospital have signed an agreement for Akron Children’s to operate the pediatric unit and special care nursery at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren. According to the plan, Akron Children’s will begin operating the seven-bed pediatric and six-bed special care nursery later this year.

“St. Joseph is proud to bring Akron Children’s advanced pediatric and neonatal services to Trumbull County,” said Kathy Cook, president, St. Joseph Health Center. “This relationship will build upon St. Joseph’s strong pediatric program and make it easier for Trumbull County families to access a full range of pediatric services.”

The transition is expected to be seamless for patients and families.

“We recognize the need to bring Akron Children’s pediatric expertise closer to where our families live, and we are pleased to partner with St. Joseph Health Center to provide this care to families in Trumbull County,” said Shawn Lyden, executive vice president, Akron Children’s Hospital. “This will 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.”

The plan will upgrade the special care nursery from Level I to Level II to serve higher-acuity babies. A Level II nursery is able to care for babies born up to 8 weeks premature (at or greater than 32 weeks gestation), who weigh at least 3 lbs. and who are physiologically immature, such as those who have breathing problems or are unable to feed orally.

“Since I have worked closely with the obstetricians and pediatricians for more than 20 years, I am excited to continue the collaboration with St. Joseph Health Center and enhance the care of our young patients closer to home,” said Dr. Elena Rossi, neonatologist and associate chair of pediatrics for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.

Akron Children’s and St. Joseph Health Center are working collaboratively to integrate quality monitoring and performance improvement programs, bringing together the best of both organizations.

Akron Children’s also operates pediatric units at Aultman Hospital in Canton and East Liverpool City Hospital in East Liverpool.

The agreement expands Akron Children’s commitment to children in the Mahoning Valley. From the Beeghly hospital campus to a growing network of primary care offices and a deepening range of pediatric subspecialty services, Akron Children’s is committed to providing the highest quality care for infants, children and teens in the Valley.

About Akron Children’s Hospital
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. We have two hospital campuses, 20 primary care and 63 pediatric specialty locations, and our dedicated staff handles more than 650,000 patient visits a year. We serve as a major teaching affiliate of Northeast Ohio Medical University and offer a number of pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs. In addition to providing high value, family-centered care, we strive to find ways to advance the prevention and treatment of childhood illness and injury through research. For more information, visit akronchildrens.org.

About Humility of Mary Health Partners
Humility of Mary Health Partners (HMHP) makes advanced, compassionate, quality healthcare easy to help you be well in mind, body and spirit. HMHP provides an integrated network of leading physicians, compassionate caregivers, comprehensive services and exceptional care at more than 50 locations across the region. The HMHP network of care includes St. Elizabeth, St. Joseph and St. Elizabeth Boardman health centers, HMHP Physician Associates, HM Home Health Services, The Assumption Village, Humility House, and Hospice of the Valley. HMHP is part of Catholic Health Partners - the largest health system in Ohio and fourth largest employer. To learn more visit, HMpartners.org and engage in the conversation via HMHP’s social media channels (@MyHMHP on Twitter and Facebook).

For more information contact:    
Akron Children’s Hospital                            
Annie Sofran, 330-746-8707    

St. Joseph Health Center
Tina Creighton, 330-480-3327

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