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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.

Nurse practitioners earn statewide recognition for work in Haiti

Julie Tsirambidis examines a baby at St. Damien Hospital in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.

The Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) will recognize Tracey Herstich and Julie Tsirambidis for blazing new trails from Akron to Haiti at a luncheon on Oct. 19.

Last night in Haiti

For my last night in Haiti, Sister Judy and our leader Jeff Kempf have taken us to a very nice restaurant just minutes from the hospital grounds. It was a great way to end the trip. We began the morning with a memorable meeting we are sure will make history. We began the conversation of […]