Cleveland Clinic Children’s recently gave North Olmsted families a first look into its newly remodeled pediatric primary care suite at the Fairview Medical Office Building. The $380,000 renovation increased the number of exam rooms from 5 to 9 which nearly doubled the space in size from 1,755 square feet to 2,900 square feet. The suite also features improvements to its nurse triage space, physician offices, and clinical utility rooms.
“Making efficient use of each of our locations is a major goal,” says Wadie Shabab, M.D., medical director of Cleveland Clinic Westside Family Health Centers. “However, our number one priority is always providing a patient-friendly environment for families.”
Cleveland Clinic Children’s has been committed to improving its access and patient-centered care throughout Northeast Ohio. Currently, the pediatric health provider offers services at more than 40 Cleveland Clinic sites throughout the region and continues to expand. In 2014, it acquired a healthcare mobile unit and partnered with five area school districts (Euclid, Cleveland Heights/University Heights, Lakewood, Maple Heights, and Warrensville Heights) to provide onsite, walk-in care for students right on their playgrounds. In December of 2015, Cleveland Clinic leaders cut the ribbon on its new $1 million pediatric primary care suite at Medina Hospital. In 2016, Cleveland Clinic Children’s ventured further west and welcomed Lorain Pediatrics providers to the health system.
Cleveland Clinic Children’s North Olmsted is currently home to three pediatric providers including: Vijaya Achanti, M.D., who specializes in general pediatrics, ADHD, and dermatology; Zelalem Kebede, M.D., who specializes in preventative pediatrics, child development/growth, and newborn care; and Isabel Guadiz, M.D., who specializes in population health, spirituality in children, and ethics in medicine.
Families will also have access to the location’s Pediatric Express Care Clinic offering convenient after-hour and weekend care for children, Monday – Friday from3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday to 4 p.m.
Medina county resident Norita Dean believes Cleveland Clinic Children’s continued growth gives families “peace of mind.” Dean, a stay-at-home mom of nine adopted, special needs children ranging in age from 4-21, has traveled from Brunswick to North Olmsted for the past 18 years.
“It makes me feel good in my heart to know that my local pediatric hospital is committed to the community,” says Dean. “The pediatricians care with their hearts and are very knowledgeable.”
Jennifer Hickey, a Florida transplant and mother of 8, says her family’s pediatrician has been “a godsend” since her family relocated to North Olmsted in 2004.
“Dr. Guadiz is a phenomenal pediatrician and I adore her,” says Hickey. “When my son became severely ill recently, she recognized his RSV symptoms right away and sent us to Fairview Hospital. She was so proactive and it ended up saving his life.”