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Memorial Health System and Akron Children’s Pediatric Emergency Department Grand Opening

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024

Memorial Health System (MHS) is excited to announce the upcoming opening of its new Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) in partnership with Akron Children’s.

Opening on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, and located next to Memorial Health System’s Belpre Emergency Department, the Pediatric ED will operate seven days a week and is fully equipped to provide the expert-level emergency care that one expects from both MHS and Akron Children’s.

“This pediatric emergency department builds on Akron Children’s commitment to bringing care closer to home for infants, children, and teens in southeast Ohio,” says Chris Gessner, President and CEO of Akron Children’s. “We’re thrilled to expand this partnership with Memorial Health System to add pediatric emergency care to our growing number of services in Marietta and Belpre.”

As the region’s only pediatric emergency department, Memorial Health System and Akron Children’s Pediatric Emergency Department will allow pediatric patients and their loved ones to stay close to home for care. In addition to providing pediatric emergency care, Akron Children’s provides cardiology, nephrology, gastroenterology, surgical, and pediatric primary care to the region.

“Our community and surrounding areas rely on our services,” says Lori Williams, Director of Emergency Services at Memorial Health System. “Pediatric services have not been prominent here, which is why this partnership with Akron Children’s is going to be a game changer for the pediatric population. The children and families of our community will no longer have to travel several hours away for this specialty emergency care.”

This emergency department will be Memorial Health System’s fifth, but what sets it apart from the rest is the dedicated and specialized care geared towards our community’s youngest members. “Kids are not just miniature adults. They have unique health care needs and our pediatric emergency staff specializes in caring for kids who need anything from wound care to the treatment of traumatic injuries, respiratory illness, or fever,” says Brett Luxmore, DO, Pediatric Medical Director for the new ED. “We’re looking forward to continuing to collaborate with Memorial Health System’s team to provide world-class, kid-focused care.” 

To learn more about the Pediatric Emergency Department, as well as Memorial Health System’s upcoming Women & Children’s Hospital, go to

Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit regional health system led by a volunteer board of community members. We are committed to providing healthcare services that meet the needs of our region with expertise, compassion, and convenient access. We offer a network of locations and specialties provided by over 3,000 valued team members, including three hospitals, outpatient service sites, provider clinics, and a virtual urgent care app—MemorialCareNow. With us, you can expect more when it comes to quality care and service with a focus on medical education and community service while being fully invested in the most advanced technologies and treatments. You can learn more by visiting

About Akron Children’s

Akron Children’s is an independent, nonprofit pediatric health care system that has been caring for children in northeast Ohio since 1890. Our pediatric care is ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek. With two hospital campuses, six regional health centers and more than 50 primary and specialty care locations throughout Ohio, we are making it easier for today’s busy families to find the high-quality care they need. We also operate neonatal and pediatric units in the hospitals of our regional health care partners. In 2022, our health care system provided more than 1.3 million patient encounters. Every year, our Akron Children’s Home Care nurses provide thousands of in-home visits, and our School-Based Health Center nurses manage clinic visits for students from preschool through high school. With our Quick Care Online virtual visits and Akron Children’s Anywhere app, we are here for families whenever and wherever they need us. Learn more at


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