Summa Health’s new “front door” — a seven-story tower that has been under construction since 2017 — will open in May.

The $220 million, seven-story building will become the Akron-based health system's new front door for its Akron City Hospital campus, moving the main entrance from Arch Street to Forge Street.

The new tower will have a grand opening on May 19 and will officially open for patients on May 28, Summa spokesman Jim Gosky said Wednesday.

When the new 343,000-square-foot space is complete, it will feature private patient rooms; expanded surgery suites; two floors dedicated to labor and delivery services; a breast center; a multipurpose conference center and two floors of private medical surgery patient rooms.

The exterior front of the new tower will be a modern style, featuring mainly glass and textured gray metal panels.

Inside the front door, patients will find a two-story atrium with a staircase, reception desk and a long, connecting curved corridor that mimics the curve of the building's exterior. Pre-admission testing, Summa's breast health center and a gift shop will also be based on the same level, which Summa refers to as its ground floor. It will have one floor below ground and seven stories above ground.

On Wednesday, crews hoisted a nearly 14,000-pound MRI scanner into the new tower. The scanner will be primarily used for patients receiving breast MRIs. The scanner has “what is called ‘Pianissimo Zen,’ which means it reduces the typical noise that is produced by the magnet by 90 percent as far as decibel rating of noise. This makes the experience much more comfortable and quiet for the patient,” Summa officials said.

Bridges will connect the new tower to the old campus and from the Adolph parking deck.

A distinguishing feature on the new building will be a back-lit screen wall facing state Route 8 that will be able to glow in the evening.

Phase 2 of the project will include renovations to the departments moving to the new building, making upgrades and creating single-patient rooms over the next several years.

 

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