Next Saturday, take a few minutes to tour the newest addition to Richland County health care offerings.
Akron Children’s Hospital brings together pediatric primary care, urgent care, nearly a dozen of its most in-demand pediatric specialty care practices, and rehabilitation services in one conveniently-located medical building at 1029 S. Trimble Rd.
The Akron Children’s Mansfield Health Center is one of several such centers planned throughout the region, recognizing the priority parents place on having the highest quality pediatric care for their children in a convenient location, close to home.
The 32,400 square-foot center is set to open on March 26 (Urgent Care a day earlier). Akron Children’s will consolidate services currently offered at multiple Richland County locations in this one location, such as the Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics (ACHP) offices on Balgreen Drive in Mansfield and 4th Street in Ontario.
“It’s a true privilege for us to serve families in Richland and surrounding counties and we are excited to open this beautiful new building,” said Grace Wakulchik, president and CEO of Akron Children’s. “But even more than the space, we value the relationships that will blossom here – the relationships between parents and children and the doctors, nurses and therapists who have devoted their careers to caring for children. One of the promises made by the volunteers who founded Akron Children’s nearly 130 years ago is to treat every child as if he or she was our own.”
Open house set for March 23
The public is invited to tour the new facility on Saturday, March 23 from 9:30 AM to noon. This event is free and will include family entertainment, a scavenger hunt for kids, a raffle and light refreshments. The ribbon cutting is at 11 AM.
Easy access, easy wayfinding
When patient families enter the building, they will immediately notice an abundance of natural light, and the child-friendly colors and artwork, including a whimsical audio-kinetic sculpture by contemporary artist George Rhoads, whose “Incrediball Circus 2” has delighted children in the lobby of Akron Children’s main campus for nearly three decades. Wall murals pay homage to Richland County’s character and charm with images of farmland, race cars and a carousel.
Greeters will be on hand to direct families to their appointment or they can opt to check themselves in at a kiosk. The four clearly-marked directions will point families to:
The Akron Children’s Health Center in Mansfield is the first of three such centers to open in 2019. The other health centers are under construction in North Canton and Boston Heights. A fourth is planned for Portage County.
Photo: Akron Children’s Hospital