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Akron Children's Hospital has an affiliation agreement with St. Damien Hospital, which is located in Port-au-Prince and is the only free pediatric hospital in Haiti. Many of our dedicated doctors, nurses and staff travel regularly to Haiti to help deliver medical supplies and care for the many sick children who come to St. Damien's for medical treatment.

A mission with heart: Day 3 in Haiti

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A group of Akron Children’s doctors, nurses and staff travel regularly to Haiti to help care for the sick children at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital. This post is the last of a 3-part series by Dr. Grace Smith, who gives a first-person account of her most recent medical mission trip there. Read Part 1 and […]

A mission with heart: Day 2 in Haiti

Diane performs a cardiac sonography on young patient

Many of Akron Children’s doctors, nurses and staff travel regularly to Haiti to help care for the sick children at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital. This post is the second installment of a 3-part series by Dr. Grace Smith, who gives a first-person account of her most recent medical mission trip there.

A mission with heart: Day 1 in Haiti

Dr. Grace Smith holding Joe Marvens

Many of Akron Children’s doctors, nurses and staff travel regularly to Haiti to help care for the sick children at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital. This post is the first installment of a 3-part series by Dr. Grace Smith, who gives a first-person account of her most recent medical mission trip there.

Transplanting a pediatric cardiology program to Haiti takes team effort

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For the past 2 years, children have been leaving Haiti – 2 at a time a few times a year – to come to Akron Children’s to have their heart defects repaired. But for each of these life-saving procedures we have performed, there are hundreds of children back in Haiti waiting for their turn. In many cases, time runs out.

Haitian toddler had angels in Akron this holiday season

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We often hear words like “joy,” “blessing” and “good will” during the holidays. They are in our greeting cards and the songs of the season, but sometimes they become more than just words.

Helping Haiti: ‘We’ve done really some good work’

Dr. Ellen Kempf examines 2-year-old Nyderson Deris, who was brought to Akron Children's from Haiti for surgery to repair his heart defect.

Since making his first trip to Haiti in 2010, following that country’s devastating earthquake, Dr. Jeff Kempf has been humbled by the progress made by his Akron Children’s Hospital team and a larger coalition that now includes five other U.S. children’s hospitals.