Testa Development to give $15 million medical center to Akron Children’s Hospital

October 17, 2018 GMT

Testa Development to give $15 million medical center to Akron Children’s Hospital

BOSTON HEIGHTS, Ohio – The developers of a new Akron Children’s Hospital medical office announced it will give the $15 million medical complex to the hospital at the end of the initial 30-year lease.

Cuyahoga Falls-based Testa Development, owned by siblings Joel Testa and Julie Testa Thomasson, said it will give the Akron Children’s Health Center, Boston Heights, to Children’s Hospital rather than extend the lease for additional years.

The Testas made the announcement at a beam-signing ceremony for the two-story, 43,000-square foot building under construction at 328 East Hines Hill Road. The facility is scheduled to open in August 2019.

“In their half century of married life and their half century in business, our parents – Paul and Kathie Testa – have put their community and family first and have instilled those same values in us,” Joel Testa said in a news release. “It is only natural then that as my sister, Julie, and I proceed in our own real estate development careers through Testa Development we too wish to give back to the Greater Akron community.”

The health center will offer Boston Heights families an array of Akron Children’s pediatrics services, including urgent care, rehabilitative services, radiology and lab services, and more than 15 pediatric specialty services.

In a statement, Akron Children’s Hospital President Grace Wakulchik recognized the Testa family’s vision and creativity in offering a lasting gift to the hospital.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with them on this project and this gift shows they share the same vision as Akron Children’s in wanting to bring the highest quality pediatric health care to the children of our community,” Wakulchik said in the release. “In every way, this new facility is being designed through the eyes of a child and we know our patient families in northern Summit and Cuyahoga counties will appreciate the convenience of having all of this pediatric expertise in one place, so close to home.”

Akron Children’s is also poised to unveil its newly expanded Considine Professional Services building in downtown Akron. Children’s has invited the public to an open house to see the seven-story building during a ribbon cutting set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 215 W. Bowery St.

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