Akron Children’s Hospital will operate East Liverpool City Hospital’s 15-bed pediatric unit effective later this month.
Akron Children’s will spend about $400,000 for new pediatric equipment and some minor renovations in the space it rents from East Liverpool City Hospital, said Lisa Aurilio, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient services at Akron Children’s.
“We are partners in revenue profit and loss of the arrangement, which has been in the planning stage since September,” she said.
“We recognize the need to bring Akron Children’s pediatric expertise closer to where our families live, and are happy to add East Liverpool as a valued partner to our more than 80 service locations,” said William Considine, president and chief executive officer of Akron Children’s.
“This will solidify our long relationship with East Liverpool City Hospital and 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,” Considine said.
For many years, East Liverpool City has referred patients who need neonatal and pediatric intensive care to Akron Children’s, Aurilio said.
The transition is expected to be seamless for patients and families. The same team of doctors and clinicians that currently pro- vides care on the unit will continue to staff the unit and will have additional access to pediatric training programs.
The nurse manager of the unit will be an Akron Children’s employee. East Liverpool City may add a few nurses to its staff because of the partnership, Aurilio said.
“This arrangement is another example of our hospital bringing high-quality health care to our community,” said Kenneth Cochran, president and CEO of East Liverpool City.
“East Liverpool City Hospital is determined to provide excellent health care. And through our relationship with Akron Children’s, we can provide that type of pediatric care on-site, allowing our patient families to receive care locally,” Cochran said.
Akron Children’s also operates a pediatric unit at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna; neonatal intensive-care units at its campus in Akron; Akron General Medical Center; Summa’s Akron City Hospital and St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown; and a special-care nursery at its Beeghly Campus in Boardman.
East Liverpool City Hospital is part of the River Valley Health Partners that also includes River Valley Health Partner Physicians, The Therapy Center in Calcutta, The Therapy Center II in Lisbon, Dasco-River Valley Home Medical, and Ohio Valley Home Health Services.