A day in the life of an adoptive health pediatrician

adoptive health patient Noah

Dr. Sharon McKee knew she had big shoes to fill when she accepted the job as pediatrician in Akron Children’s Oak Adoptive Health Center in 2014. Founded in 2004, the center recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and also said goodbye to its long-time medical director, Dr. Ellen Kempf, who retired in late 2014. “Oak Adoptive […]

5 nurses tapped for Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program

From left to right: Laura Fenster Rothschild, PsyD (from Rutgers, Center of Alcohol Studies), Michael Bzdak, PhD (Executive Director at Johnson & Johnson), Mary Schatz, Heather Edwards, Martha Dewey Bergren, DNS, RN, NCSN, FNASN, FASHA (previous director of research at NASN and lead faculty for J&J program), Michele Wilmoth, Stacey Dailey and Laurel Celik.

Five nurses from School Health Services were among the 51 individuals selected from applicants across the United States to participate in the Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership program, a 2-year fellowship program designed to train school nurses and school or public health administrators in leadership, project management and community health techniques.

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.