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.

A lot of love goes into our Thanksgiving Day meal too

Food Service Thanksgiving meal

Think you have it rough making a Thanksgiving dinner for 15 family members? The Food Services team at Akron Children’s prepares more than 100 meals for patient families spending their Thanksgiving in the hospital, as well as the doctors, nurses and support staff caring for them.

Doggie Brigade visits offer special treat for speech therapy patients

Roxie with kids at speech therapy

When you’re a fourth-grader who struggles with reading and writing, going to speech therapy to sharpen those skills after being in school all day may be the last place you want to be. That is, unless your speech pathologist uses the power of animal magnetism to help make learning fun.