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St. Elizabeth and Akron Children's move maternity and NICU services to Boardman

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BOARDMAN TWP., Ohio - About a year and a half after construction began at St. Elizabeth Boardman; work is almost complete on the area's newest joint maternity and neonatal intensive care unit facility.

"With the relocation from main campus to Boardman we do anticipate a surge in our obstetrical volumes," said St. Elizabeth Boardman president Genie Aubel.

After Monday April 7th, maternity services will no long be offered at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. They will only be provided at St. Elizabeth Boardman.

The new maternity wing, which has its own private entrance for expectant mothers, has 14 labor and delivery rooms, three operating rooms and 33 private postpartum rooms where babies can stay with their mothers after birth.

"Everything is on the third level, which is certainly very convenient and encompasses all of the maternity care for the patient," said Anna Klejka the director of women's services at St. Elizabeth Boardman.

On the second floor of the new tower, Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley has relocated and expanded its NICU, which has operated with an open concept for years. The new space provides 23 private rooms for families, as well as an entire family center with private bedrooms and showers.

With the expansion of the hospital comes an upgrade to the hospital's security system. At the entrance of each unit, there is a video monitoring system that allows the staff to see who is requesting access to the unit. An infant security tag is also attached to each baby so they cannot be taken from a specific wing.

"In our old NICU it was more of a ward. You could see multiple families, multiple caregivers, all of the patients with just a few steps in one direction or the other. So it is essential that we know who is in the unit at all times," said Dr. Elena Rossi, associate chair of pediatrics at Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley.

Doors will open at 7:00 a.m. on Monday April 7.

Maternity patients who need services are welcome any time after that.

Transport crews, doctors, nurses and therapists will spend the rest of Monday transporting babies from the NICU in Youngstown to the new facility in Boardman.

Humility of Mary Health Partners and Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley are inviting the public to tour the newly expanded Boardman campus. An open house is planned from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 5th.

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