Breakfast with Santa raises holiday cheer and support for Akron Children’s Mahoning Valley

Breakfast with Santa

Crafts, tasty breakfast fare, a mascot parade, donut decorating, gifts and a visit from the big guy himself. Kids of all ages shared in the joy and excitement of Akron Children’s Mahoning Valley’s second annual Breakfast with Santa event.

A day in the life of sterile processing technicians

Alice Holland

It’s never a dull day for the technicians in the sterile processing department at Akron Children’s. Today isn’t shaping up to be any different. Dennis Lafferty and Alice Holland reported for work at 6:30 a.m. and got down to the business of washing, sterilizing, cooling, assembling, packaging, storing, and in Lafferty’s case, delivering surgical instruments to various departments in the hospital.

When it comes to young athletes and concussions, “when in doubt, sit them out”

Dr. Christopher Liebig assesses a concussion patient

After going helmet to helmet with another player during the first quarter of a middle school football game, 13-year-old Andrew Krotky went face down. His mother, Tammy, recalls watching from the stands and then being taken to her son’s side.

Akron Children’s Beeghly campus makes 6th anniversary merry

Beeghly campus anniversary celebration and holiday tree lighting

From carols and cookies to sharing their lists with Santa, guests at “A Children’s Holiday” tree lighting and 6th anniversary celebration helped Akron Children’s Mahoning Valley make its year end magical. Held on Dec. 4 in the atrium of Building C on the Beeghly campus, the free event brought the community together for an evening […]

A day in the life of a pediatric hospitalist

Pediatric hospitalist Mike McCabe cares for 7-year-old Cammi of Canton at Aultman for a middle ear infection.

Dr. Mike McCabe never had that “aha” moment in his youth some people experience when describing what led them to their life’s work. If you ask him, he’ll tell you his path to becoming a doctor was a journey.

Getting through surgeries with the help of a “friend”


When Madison Riley counts to 5 before going into surgery, the last person she sees is the same person she sees when it’s all done – Ron Tharp, a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Akron Children’s Hospital. Some may think this is coincidence, but for the Riley family, having Uncle Ron – as Madison calls him – by her side is a calculated matter of trust.