Dr. Joseph Iocono joined Akron Children’s Hospital last year, and it didn’t take long for him to realize the role philanthropic support plays in making Akron Children’s an exceptional hospital. It also didn’t take long for him to make a commitment to support the hospital and the kids who come here for treatment.
Dr. Iocono, a pediatric surgeon, joined Akron Children’s in October 2018.
“One of the reasons I was drawn here was the mission of the hospital,” Dr. Iocono said. “Here, you can feel the passion when you walk through the hallways, even when no one is looking that mission is being played out.”
A big part of what created that first impression was William Considine, who is now CEO Emeritus. Dr. Iocono met Mr. Considine during his interview process and was impressed by how much he knew not only about the big picture of where the hospital was going but also of the opportunities specific to him and the surgery department.
“It was clear that he always has the kids’ backs, knowing seemingly every detail,” Dr. Iocono said.
Because of that focus on kids, Dr. Iocono and his wife, Susan, have directed their charitable giving in honor of Mr. Considine.
For the Ioconos, there are 2 parts to philanthropy – going the extra mile in what you do every day here at work and giving what you can. Each and every employee at Akron Children’s hits at least one of those goals and no one works harder on both of those goals than Bill Considine.
“No matter who they are in this hospital,” Dr. Iocono said, “I constantly see people do more than they are asked. Central to everyone here is to make the child better and to strive to make the care constantly better.”
Dr. Iocono also recognizes that the philanthropic support he provides will support efforts outside the walls of Akron Children’s, as well. Mr. Considine’s advocacy work will have a lasting impact for children that are treated here, as well as children throughout the country.
“I hope he is successful in obtaining sustainable funding for kids throughout this county to get the medical support they need,” he said. “We need to support all kids, no matter their situation.”
There are many wonderful charities that we can support, he said, but there are few like Akron Children’s with a mission of ensuring help to any and all who need it.
Please join us in supporting the legacy Mr. Considine has created here at Akron Children’s and healthy futures for all children.
Make a donation here.