It’s clear to anyone who meets Richard and Judy Seaman that they love their hometown of Wooster. The city serves as the home base for their business, Seaman Corporation, a world leader in performance fabrics. Richard is the retired president and current chairman of its board of directors. His father, Norm, founded the company in 1949.
Over the years, they’ve made it their mission to support a variety of local programs to ensure those in their community have the best of everything. And thanks to a recent donation to Akron Children’s Hospital made through the Seaman Family Foundation, that list now includes pediatric health care.
Akron Children’s Health Center, Wooster, which opened in late January 2020, brings a variety of pediatric services under one roof. Now, primary and specialty care services – including cardiology and gastroenterology – are closer to home for their friends, neighbors and community.
“We have always been aware that a large number of families in both Holmes and Wayne counties have to travel to Akron to get critical medical care,” Richard said. “The health center in Wooster will now make many of those critical services more readily available. It will also bring high-quality pediatric physicians and medical staff to the Wooster community.”
The Seamans understand that this gift will help children’s health care far beyond their community, too. They recognize the challenges health care providers face, especially for medical institutions like Akron Children’s that want to remain independent.
Thanks to their close relationship with Bill and Becky Considine, they have learned a great deal about the “unique and valuable asset” that is Akron Children’s. For them, philanthropy is a way they can help excellent health care endure while allowing the hospital to remain independent.
It’s a gift they hope will have a positive, long-term impact on families in Wayne and Holmes counties.
“The health of our children is related to the quality of the parenting process,” Judy said. “Our hope is that we find ways to strengthen the family unit and assist in the parenting challenges of today. The construction of the health center seemed like an excellent opportunity for us to make a gift that
could have a lasting impact.”