Loni Krawchyk spends her days as a respiratory therapist in the NICU at St. Elizabeth’s in Boardman caring for some of Akron Children’s tiniest and most fragile patients. The 25-bed unit on the second floor currently has 19 patients, including 4 sets of twins. “We have a mom in labor who will be delivering another […]
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.
Just as “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down,” occupational therapist Katie Clark believes “all things Disney” makes therapy sessions all the more happy and productive. On a recent morning, Katie was spotted with Olivia Pfahler playing the Disney HedBanz board game during the soon-to-be-9-year-old’s therapy session to stretch and strengthen her leg […]
Gift of Life International (GOLI) is a non-profit organization that facilitates life-saving surgery for children with congenital heart disease who would otherwise not have access to care. St. Damien Pediatric Hospital partnered with GOLI for their first surgical mission in 2015. Through this partnership, our Akron Children’s team went to Haiti in November to help […]
In global health, incredibly difficult situations can arise where we’re unable to cure children because we don’t have the equipment or resources needed. Adding to this frustration is the reality that if these children were lucky enough to live in the U.S. or other developed countries, they would have access to appropriate care. In the […]
I am blessed to have a job I love at Akron Children’s, where I get to split time between hospital medicine and global health. Through my years of working in Haiti and at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital, I’ve had the opportunity to develop friendships with patients and care givers that feels more like helping family […]
As the mom of 4 kids ages 15, 14, 12 and 11, Kathy Primavera was already good at balancing life-on-the-go when she accepted the job as Akron Children’s first home care nurse for the Mahoning Valley in 2011. “Akron Children’s Beeghly campus had only been open for a few years when I came on board,” […]