Mercy Health – Lorain and Akron Children’s Hospital Partnership Expands to Add Special Nursing Nursery – Morning Journal


Officials from Mercy Health – Lorain and Akron Children’s Hospital gathered on November 9 to celebrate an expansion of their partnership begun in 2020.

Children’s began running the operations of Mercy Health – Lorain Hospital on November 9th.

Akron Children’s pediatric hospital doctors – doctors who specialize in caring for hospital patients – will manned the six-bed unit 24 hours a day, according to a press release.

“A special care nursery is designed for premature babies – within 32 weeks or more of gestation – who may have additional health problems that are not severe enough to require a neonatal intensive care unit,” said Michael McCabe, MD, pediatrician, Akron Children. “Our partnership with Mercy Health – Lorain increases the level of care for mothers and their babies while offering homely comfort for families.

“We look forward to looking after these babies from the Special Care Nursery and helping them get off to a healthy start.”

Mercy Health – Lorain Hospital is the only Level II nursing home in Lorain County.

“Mercy Health – Lorain has long been known for patient-centric care, and this expansion of our partnership with Akron Children’s Hospital is with our newborns and their families in mind,” said Ed Oley, market president of Mercy Health – Lorain. “We want you to feel welcome and at the same time offer highly qualified staff to ensure the best possible care for our youngest patients.

“We look forward to taking newborn care for our region to the next level.”

In August 2020, Akron Children’s and Mercy Health – Lorain announced a partnership to bring Akron Children’s pediatric health services to Lorain County.

Akron Children’s currently offers primary pediatric care in Lorain, Amherst, and Oberlin – and specialty services in Amherst.

Akron Children’s Lorain and Amherst offices will move to a new outpatient health center in December.

The building is located at 47185 Cooper Foster Road in Amherst. Mercy Health – Lorain and Akron Children’s Hospital are committed to improving child health by providing families with better access to quality, affordable pediatric care, the press release said.

The organizations will continue to work together to advance Mercy Health – Lorain’s focus on delivering high quality, compassionate, and expert care from birth through adulthood, the press release said.

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