A mission with heart: Day 1 in Haiti

Dr. Grace Smith holding Joe Marvens

Many of Akron Children’s doctors, nurses and staff travel regularly to Haiti to help care for the sick children at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital. This post is the first installment of a 3-part series by Dr. Grace Smith, who gives a first-person account of her most recent medical mission trip there.

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.

A day in the life of storeroom clerks

Gene Talbot

Storeroom clerks Todd Winzinek and Gene Talbot take their jobs seriously, knowing the impact they have on patient care. As part of a 5-man team, they handle every delivery to the hospital – from medical supplies to food and beverages.

Giving back the Children’s way


With 5,000 employees and a growing number of locations, every day, Akron Children’s Hospital touches the lives of families throughout northern Ohio. What you may not know is many of our employees also give their own time and resources to support the community beyond their work at the hospital. “Part of our hospital’s mission is […]

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.