BOSTON HEIGHTS — Akron Children's Hospital continues to grow, with plans to build in the northern part of Summit County.

Construction of the Akron Children's Health Center, Boston Heights at 328 E. Hines Hill is likely to start this summer and be completed in 12 months, according to Linda Gentile, vice president, construction and support services. The facility will bring 25 to 30 full-time workers (relocated from other locations, as well as new positions) to Boston Heights.

"It's still being developed, but the footprint right now is at 43,000 square feet," Gentile said, adding the building will be two stories. It will be located just north of Steinway Piano and be visible from state Route 8, she said.

Boston Heights Mayor Bill Goncy said said the village is looking forward to the new pediatric center. "Communities surrounding Boston Heights will now have a pediatric center, with an urgent care center, primary and specialty care offices and a rehabilitation facility for their health care needs."

Goncy said the future lies with young people. 

"Our children are important to assuring our communities and country grow stronger in the future," he said.

ACH representatives and Hasenstab Architects secured the facility site more than a year ago, he said, and were on the Dec. 6, 2017 Planning Commission agenda where they received site plan approval from the Planning Commission.

"Village engineers, OHM Advisors, are now working with ACH and Hasenstab to work out landscaping, signage and building design elements," Goncy said. "They plan to break ground mid-2018 with an opening expected in 2019. ACH is respectful of our Hines Hill Corridor Plan and I welcome them as a great asset to Boston Heights."

This new facility will house an Akron Children's pediatrics office, urgent care and rehab center, Gentile said, and see patients in a number of specialty practices including cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, ENT, gastroenterology, genetics, maternal fetal medicine, neurology, orthaepedics, psychology, general surgery, plastic surgery, pulmonary, sports medicine, urology, sports rehab, neurosurgery, and lab and radiology.

"All of the pediatricians are not going to be there five days a week, 8-5 every day," Gentile said. "It's going to be kind of a shared space where doctors will come depending on the need in the community and they'll cover a day or two a week. Sometimes they'll take a morning and see patients. … That's our model."

Akron Children's Hospital already has two facilities in Hudson: a pediatrics office on Corporate Drive and an urgent care and specialty practices on Hudson Drive. Whether those urgent care services are going to be moved to Boston Heights is "still under consideration," Gentile said.

"We have other urgent care locations, too, but the closest one is in Hudson," she said. ACH's total number of facilities is around 90, she said. They cover an area that stretches from Mentor south to New Philadelphia and from Norwalk, south of Sandusky, to Sharon, Pa.

"We've been thinking about Boston Heights for three or four years," Gentile said. "We always look to what we call the 'northern tier' of Summit County as an important area for us to serve."

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