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NICU nurse honored for dedication, caring attitude

Rita Vitale, RN, teaches a new mom different massage techniques on her son, Giovanni, in the NICU.

Rita Vitale, RN, strives to involve parents in the care of their baby and to keep the NICU safe. Recently, she was honored with the Faces of Care Award for her dedication to her patients, families and co-workers.

The unsinkable Molly Frey, lifts the mood of patients with her Yorkie-Poo charm

Brent and Dot take Molly to visit MeShun Keaton

It’s impossible to have sinking spirits when Molly is on the scene. One of our newest Doggie Brigade members, this little Yorkie-Poo is big on personality. Her handlers are Brent and Dot Frey, of Clinton, and they couldn’t be more pleased to share their beautiful girl with the patients at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Bekah-proofing Sam

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I’ve recently come to the realization that babyproofing with a 2 year old in the house is a nearly impossible task. You’d think that since Sam is baby number 2 to come through the house we’d have everything totally babyproofed already.

Thankful to have a gem like Akron Children’s Hospital in our own backyard

Miles at 6 months old

At our 20 week ultrasound we found out Miles had spina bifida. In an instant our world changed forever but we could never imagine how it would be for the better. Maternal Fetal Medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital saw us every step of the way and we felt so trusting of the hands our son would be in. When he arrived on May 6, he was taken to the NICU where he would be taken such great care of by the best.

Kent girl will take her zest for life to visit Capitol Hill

Madelyne Williams

The little girl who pushed herself out of her wheelchair to cross the finish line at the 2013 Cleveland Triathlon on her own 2 feet is ready for her next big adventure – meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Madelyne Williams, 9, of Kent, Ohio, will represent Akron Children’s Hospital at this year’s “Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day” June 24, sponsored by the Children’s Hospital Association.

Coming full circle – from NICU patient to doctor

Zac

On Nov. 8, 1986, our son, Zac, came into the world 7 weeks early due to complications of preeclampsia. He was born at Akron City and then transferred to Akron Children’s because of a suspected bowel blockage. We were told that he would be there until his due date, but he soon began to thrive and his stay was only 3 weeks.