St. Elizabeth and Akron Children's move maternity and NICU servi - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

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

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • As US economy accelerates, Fed remains cautious

    As US economy accelerates, Fed remains cautious

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:39 AM EDT2014-07-31 11:39:42 GMT
    After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.More >>
    After a grim start to 2014, the U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor and should show renewed strength into next year.More >>
  • Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area

    Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:26:47 GMT
    A Palestinian health official says 13 people were killed after tank shells hit a U.N. school in Gaza where hundreds of Palestinians had taken refuge from Israeli attacks.More >>
    Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel's stepped up campaign against...More >>
  • Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

    Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:49:43 GMT
    Republicans are ready to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law.More >>
    A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms