Veronica Shaffer offers her tiny patients a unique level of support and understanding from someone who’s been in their shoes — or incubator, in this case. Like the babies she cares for each day, she, too, began her life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It’s that experience that forever shaped her as a person […]
From the way we build connections with our patients to the way we push the limits of medicine, working at Akron Children’s Hospital is a one-of-a-kind experience.
No doubt about it, Dr. Sarah Guillette’s career highlight occurred when a patient she fitted with specialty contact lenses wrote and illustrated a poem for her about his positive experience and hope for a bright future. The gratitude he showed sticks with her to this day. In fact, Dr. Guillette keeps the poem in her […]
When Summa NICU nurse Abi Daugherty began her career at Akron Children’s in 2018 she had a very different role. “I was hired as a housekeeper in environmental services while I was still in nursing school,” said Abi. At the time, Abi was entering her third year in the nursing program at the University of […]
When Kari Phillips applied to Akron Children’s in 1989 at the urging of her childhood friend (Gayle Zimmerman), she never imagined they both would have 30+ year careers at Akron Children’s and retire in the same year. On Oct. 1, Kari will log off her computer for the last time as executive assistant to Pam […]
Rick Trego, security officer in Akron Children’s public safety, believes that small acts of kindness make a big difference. Whether at work or in the community, Rick regularly interacts with people in ways that let them know he understands their need for self-respect and dignity. By showing empathy or making a connection, Rick is often […]
Like a lot of teenagers, Chuck Reid, telecommunications technician in information services infrastructure, dreamed big. In Chuck’s case, he played guitar and bass, and performed locally in a band. Some shows were on school nights and went late into the night. Although his parents encouraged him musically, they made sure Chuck woke up on time […]