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Paramedic fosters donation of “angel gowns” for grieving families

Angel gowns

MIchelle Myers contacted Michelle Matthews of “Angel Gowns by Michelle” back in November 2014, and within weeks the hospital received 25 gowns, caps and little wraps for micro-preemies. Matthews has been making these gowns, most of them not much longer than a pencil to fit these tiniest of babies, after seeing first-hand while working in a NICU the grief parents go through after losing a newborn.

Expressions of caring: Surgeons leave their mark on surgical dressings

Tom-and-Jerry

Dr. Robert Parry has been delighting his patients and staff with artistic surgical dressings for the past 20 years. Other doctors and staff have followed his lead adding their artistic talents.

Special kids get a special Valentine’s surprise

the-valentine-project

Five years ago, Gregory Margida, 21, and his sister, Michaela, 26, wanted to do something special at Valentine’s Day for children with cancer. They were touched by the children they had met while volunteering at Akron Children’s Camp Quality, a summer camp for kids with cancer and their siblings.

Our Favorite Photos in January

Thanks to the Youngstown Phantoms Hockey team for visiting patients at our Beeghly campus. (Next time, bring the Zamboni...)  You can join the fun, too, by cheering on the Phantoms at the “Crowd the Covelli” game on Sat., Jan. 31 when a portion of the proceeds benefit the hospital. The players will be wearing special, kid-inspired jerseys that will be raffled off at the end of the game. http://bit.ly/1897o4x

Social media is so fast-paced, we’d hate for you to miss some of our best photos. Here are a few from January and links to their stories.

Doggie Brigade is growing online

Doggie Brigade members Jack and Lisa

Akron Children’s Doggie Brigade has been wagging its way into the hearts of patient families and staff since 1992. And now, Doggie Brigade fans can learn more about this group of caring dogs through a dedicated section of Akron Children’s website.

Hand made: Beeghly campus employees add personal touch to playroom renovation

Handprints were part of the design for Beeghly campus playroom

Employees in the pediatrics unit at Akron Children’s Beeghly campus wanted to add a special, personal touch to the inpatient playroom that was part of a broader hospital renovation project.