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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.

Top 10 Facebook posts of 2014

Fiona had her portrait made during Radiothon.

In 2014, we shared countless stories from Akron Children’s Hospital on Facebook, from fundraisers to visits to Haiti. We are thrilled to take you back through some of these special stories with this list of the 10 most popular and engaging Facebook posts of 2014.

Transplanting a pediatric cardiology program to Haiti takes team effort

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For the past 2 years, children have been leaving Haiti – 2 at a time a few times a year – to come to Akron Children’s to have their heart defects repaired. But for each of these life-saving procedures we have performed, there are hundreds of children back in Haiti waiting for their turn. In many cases, time runs out.

Haitian toddler had angels in Akron this holiday season

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We often hear words like “joy,” “blessing” and “good will” during the holidays. They are in our greeting cards and the songs of the season, but sometimes they become more than just words.

Helping Haiti: ‘We’ve done really some good work’

Dr. Ellen Kempf examines 2-year-old Nyderson Deris, who was brought to Akron Children's from Haiti for surgery to repair his heart defect.

Since making his first trip to Haiti in 2010, following that country’s devastating earthquake, Dr. Jeff Kempf has been humbled by the progress made by his Akron Children’s Hospital team and a larger coalition that now includes five other U.S. children’s hospitals.

A recap of Akron Children’s Global Health Conference

In 2010, Akron Children's Hospital entered into an affiliation agreement with St. Damien Hospital, which is located in Port-au-Prince and is the only pediatric hospital in Haiti. In addition to the donation of supplies, the affiliation will focus on training.

More than 120 people attended the first Global Health Conference, hosted by Akron Children’s Hospital. The conference focused on the children of Haiti, with workshops covering public policy, case presentations, and personal stories from doctors and nurses who’ve provided care in Haiti.