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Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley undergoing $2 million renovation

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -  You won't find any patients on the second floor of building D at Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley.
Instead, construction workers are there, busy adding finishing touches to the hospital system's new special care nursery.

"It is difficult, I would have to say, because we are occupied while we are doing the renovation, which is why it's in a three phase process.   We need to maintain patient satisfaction, flow while we are doing our construction," said Lisa Taafe with Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley.

The special care nursery, which has long been set up in a ward style, will open in August.  It will feature 15 private rooms, three of which will be able to accommodate twins and an isolation room.  Private bathrooms and sleeping areas will also be available for families.

"For patient satisfaction and experience, we thought, and infection control issues, it would be nice to go into a private room where a family could actually spend more private time bonding with the baby," said Taafe.

Seventeen newly renovated pediatric rooms are currently in use on the third floor at Akron Children's Mahoning Valley.  Once the special care nursery moves to the second floor, about a half a dozen more pediatric rooms will be built.  The hope is that they will be complete by November, just in time for peak pediatric season.

"During that time we usually go up to about 25 pediatric beds.   We will need the additional pediatric beds that we are building in the phase three of this phase three renovation project," said Taafe.

The nearly two million dollar renovation project wouldn't have been possible without support from the community.  Eleanor Watanakunakorn donated one-million dollars for the project, which will be named for her granddaughter, Alexis Caroline Watankunakorn.

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