Dr. John Pope won the 2013 Distinguished Service Award. Described as an unsung hero of the critical care department, Dr. Pope is a talented caregiver who gives back to the community and travels to Haiti on medical missions.
Akron Children’s mission to provide medical care to infants, children and teens expands well beyond northeast Ohio. We support students, physicians and other medical professionals in providing healthcare and support services to children in need around the globe.
Drs. Jeff and Ellen Kempf served as surrogate parents for two adorable, Creole-speaking boys from Haiti for five weeks. Both were diagnosed with congenital heart defects and, without surgery, would most likely not survive into adulthood. Sadly, such advanced care doesn’t exist in their impoverished country. Thanks to Akron Children’s and other benefactors, the boys – 17-month-old Kurtis Petion and 4-year-old Elie Pierre – were able to travel to Akron for their surgeries.