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Sen. Brown visits Akron Children’s, discusses legislation to help combat Ohio’s high infant mortality rates

Sen. Sherrod Brown listens to Dr. Elena Rossi during his visit to the Mahoning Valley.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown hosted a press conference at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley to announce the Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act. This legislation is designed to standardize federal reporting of infant and childhood deaths as a way to improve prevention efforts.

Adopt-A-School program in full swing

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Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley has selected Bloomfield-Mespo Elementary School in North Bloomfield, Ohio, for its 2014-2015 Adopt-A-School program. – See more at: http://inside.akronchildrens.org/?p=19158&preview=true#sthash.1qNwLkRv.dpuf

Flyin’ high as ‘Pilot for the Day’ with 910th Airlift Wing

Pilot for a Day Ethan Libert

Ethan Libert, a 10-year-old boy from Niles, was honored as the Pilot for the Day at the 910th Airlift Wing at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna, Ohio. The program provides children with chronic, life-threatening conditions a day of fun at the base.

Akron Children’s Mahoning Valley begins construction and renovation to inpatient units

Construction and renovations have begun on Akron Children's Beeghly campus

Construction and renovations have begun for our special care nursery and inpatient unit on our Beeghly campus. The inpatient unit will have more room to expand, while the special care nursery will provide private rooms for all patient families.

The William Swanston Charitable Fund grants $150,000 for healthy kids program

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Childhood obesity has become one of the most important public health issues in the United States with more than 30 percent of children and adolescents classifieds as overweight or obese.

In an effort to combat this issue, The William Swanston Charitable Fund awarded $150,000 to the newly created Mahoning Valley Healthy Kids Coalition with Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley as the lead.

Doctor addresses federal inmates about babies born addicted to drugs

Withdrawal is extremely painful and NAS babies are hard to console. (Photo courtesy of projectbeanSprout.org.)

A drug-addicted baby is born every hour, according to research. To help educate inmates about how drug use during pregnancy affects newborns, Dr. Elena Rossi presented at a federal prison in Lisbon, Ohio.