Holiday Tree Festival offers beauty beyond the tree branches

The beauty of the Akron Children’s Hospital Holiday Tree Festival is often in the stories that inspire people to donate and decorate trees. For one local family, the care they received at Children’s touched them personally, inspired a career and motivated them to give back to the hospital that helped their premature baby boys thrive.

Simon says: Support the 9th annual Walk for Babies

Join the Conger family for the annual event at Canal Park on Sun., Oct. 4. All proceeds benefit the Walk for Babies fund to assist families in the NICU at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Nurse switches roles, learns what life is like as a patient family

Sarah and her husband, Zach, were already parents to 3-year-old Chloe when they learned she was pregnant with a second daughter. But 3 weeks after her 19-week ultrasound, their world came crashing down when they learned their unborn baby had a series of complex congenital heart defects.

Newborn screen to detect congenital heart defects saves lives

Brittani Hill credits her daughter’s life to Ohio’s newest addition to its newborn screening law, which requires the use of pulse oximetry to detect critical congenital heart disease. Her daughter, Taylor Lightner, seemed normal at birth but nurses at Alliance Community Hospital questioned the newborn’s oxygen level when doing the newly required test. Taylor was sent […]

Palliative care eases the burden for Akron family

In the spring of 2013, Sandi and David Cleavenger anxiously awaited the birth of their first child. Jack arrived prematurely, and soon after, his parents learned he had a problem with his heart. He was also born with Down syndrome. The couple was shocked by the news.

Former preemie offers unique perspective to parents as NICU nurse

Ashley Morales is a nurse in the Beeghly campus neonatal intensive-care unit, but rewind nearly 29 years ago and she was a NICU patient herself after being delivered at just 28 weeks at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital among a set of triplets.