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Akron Children’s welcomes Child Advocacy Center

August 29, 2012
By Kathleen Palumbo , Town Crier correspondent

With the recent addition of the Mahoning Valley Child Advocacy Center at its Beeghly campus, Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley expands further the services it offers area children in need.

In addition to the Child Advocacy Center, Akron Children's Hospital's Beeghly campus already houses a 32-bed pediatric inpatient unit; an ER; surgical services; laboratory, pharmacy and radiology services; rehabilitation services (physical, occupational and speech); a special care nursery; transport services; and an EEG lab. It offers a pediatric diabetes and endocrinology clinic; the center for blood and cancer; an infusion center; child advocacy center; and support services such as the McFamily Respite Center, where families of patients can rest in the comforts of home.

Relocating from its previous location in Youngstown, according to an Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley press release, the Mahoning Valley Child Advocacy Center provides medical and forensic evaluations for children and teens who may have been physically or sexually abused, as well as complete medical evaluations for kids entering foster care.

Its convenient location on the same campus as the emergency department, where many abuse victims initially arrive, offers a unified continuum of care to those in need.

According to Andrea Mistovich, Mahoning Valley Child Advocacy Center director, the facility staffs specially trained case workers and nurse practitioners to provide interviews, and physical exams. Trauma counselors already seeing patients on the Akron Children's Beeghly campus have been relocated to the Child Advocacy Center's office to provide comprehensive care of the mind and body.

"Moving to the Beeghly campus allows us to provide all of the care our patients need when they need it," said Mistovich, adding, "We felt it was important to align our services to best support the mental and physical health of those children and teens in our community who are victims of abuse. We are committed to fully serving them and helping to grow a stronger community."

Serving the counties of Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Mercer County in Pennsylvania, the Child Advocacy Center opened the doors at its new location of 6505 Market St., Bldg. C, Suite 3100 in Boardman on Monday, Aug. 27. Open Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., it can be reached at 330-746-9150.

To report an incident of child abuse or neglect, contact the local Children's Services Board.



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