From the way we build connections with our patients to the way we push the limits of medicine, working at Akron Children’s Hospital is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Road Show: Vintage gas pumps, license plates highlight trip down memory lane

Rick Trego's garage

Stepping into Rick Trego’s 24’ x 44’ garage is truly a step back in time. Surrounding Akron Children’s security officer’s sparkling 1978 Chevy Nova are 20 old-time gas pumps and 1,000 2-gallon oil cans – all meticulously restored. The seeds for his hobby were likely planted when he rode with his grandfather to fill underground storage tanks at local gas stations.

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.

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.

Suture program marks 40 years of fixing boo-boos


For the past 40 years Akron Children’s has been the leader in specialized wound repair for pediatric patients in northeast Ohio – treating 8,000 kids annually. Our suture program is among the oldest programs in the country and one of only a handful in the nation.

Employee credits weight loss challenge with jump start to health


They say triumph is born out of tragedy. For Linda Grachanin, add in some fortunate timing from a corporate weight-loss program and support from beloved colleagues, and you have a successful recipe for a health transformation.