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A day in the life of a clinical child psychologist

Geoffrey Putt, PhD

A self-described “jack of all trades,” Dr. Putt joined Akron Children’s in 2009 as director of outpatient therapy services in a role that is as unique as he is. “I feel like you need to feed your soul with things you’re passionate about,” he said. “I like to build and grow programs. I love to teach. I picked the areas of psychology that I’m passionate about and am lucky enough to have a position that caters to that.”

A day in the life of a speech-language pathologist

Speech pathologist Shelly Vaughn with NICU patient Birce

As a part-time speech-language pathologist at Akron Children’s Hospital, Shelly Vaughn’s services are in high demand. Today, she’s at the Akron campus where her diverse skill set allows her to see a preemie in the NICU for feeding therapy and a teenager struggling with stuttering, all in the same day. On Wednesdays, she does outpatient […]

Taking an ‘Up-Close’ look at Akron Children’s in Mahoning Valley

Ever wonder what a day is like inside Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley? On Oct. 8, 15 community leaders got the chance to experience this firsthand during the annual Children’s Up-Close event.

A day in the life of hospital perfusionists

Tom Murray

Tom Murray and Mike Corrigan like to compare themselves to airline pilots. That’s because their jobs as perfusionists at Akron Children’s Hospital’s Heart Center call for them to work in tandem with each other almost daily.

Day in the Life: Accounting department

Mark Zito, right, chats with Dave Joliet.

With Akron Children’s Hospital constantly growing and evolving, staff accountant Mark Zito says there’s always something new and exciting happening in his department.

A day in the life: Nurse practitioners


The day begins early for Stephanie Sykes, a neonatal nurse practitioner for Akron Children’s Hospital. When she walks into the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Akron General Medical Center at 6 a.m., there is just the sound of quietly beeping monitors. But with 14 of the 17 isolettes filled with tiny patients, Sykes knows today will be busy.