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.

Thanks for the top-notch customer service and terrific staff

Bowe family

I serve as the superintendent of a public school system in NE Ohio. My daughters both have been treated at Akron Children’s, but for the first time one of them needed a minor surgery. I can’t begin to tell you how kind, caring, and knowledgeable every single person we met was. It was truly exceptional.

My beautiful and strong miracle baby


I went to Fort Jackson from Ohio, to go to my fiance’s graduation at basic training. I was 21 weeks pregnant. The night we came back I was having really bad pains, but I ignored them because I didn’t want to feel guilty for waking my mom up to take me to the triage.

Team effort makes pneumonia and respiratory distress stay easier


I wanted to say thank you to all the staff. My daughter was in the hospital for 4 days with pneumonia and respiratory distress.

Jordan goes to pre-school


At the end of Jordan’s 2-year-old early intervention class last year, we were faced with where he would attend pre-school. It was another change in what we had envisioned for our kiddos because we had not planned on sending him when he was 3. We met with our local school district’s therapist and teachers to come […]

Weight Management Clinic guides young girl to a healthier life

Pets are a big part of the Horn family. They have 28 registered dairy goats, 4 outdoor cats and a horse.

When Deanna was just 4 years old, she was already being treated for Type 2 Diabetes and her body mass index, or BMI, reached as high as 37 when it should be closer to 21. Excessive weight is one of the most significant risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes, and BMI measures body fat based on height and weight. Since Type 2 Diabetes can often be prevented or managed through weight loss and increased physical activity, Deanna – and her family – made a commitment to do just that.