Christopher Ward is a people person. On or off the job, building relationships is always the most exhilarating part for him — whether he’s bargaining with customers as the previous co-owner of his family’s hobby shop, competing as an amateur chess player or bedside with burn patients. So, it’s no surprise he takes a few […]
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.
The Gabriels have always been a close family. The family of 8, which includes 6 girls who are close in age, is used to the attention they attract. “Our maiden name was Gabriel and even the priest at our parents’ church joked with our mom and dad,” said Beth Diefendorff, nurse clinician in hematology/oncology. “He […]
Akron Children’s Hospital’s work with St. Damien Hospital in Haiti takes center stage in a new film being shown at the 2021 Cleveland International Film Festival. The 59-minute film, called “Open Hearts,” can be streamed for $10 from April 8 to 20. Of that, a $1 donation goes to the nonprofit MedWish. You can watch […]
When Gloria Roy, executive assistant at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, joined Children’s, she took a leap of faith. For more than 25 years she had worked in restaurant operations management and knew little about hospital administration. But she believed in herself. “I believe everyone has their gifts and what they contribute to work and […]
The saying, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work,” describes how Judy Lewis, co-chief pediatric nurse anesthetist, has often felt about working in pediatrics. After graduating from college, Judy began working in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) as a registered nurse. PICU provided the adrenaline rush she craved, along with the compassion she […]
Amy Seymore is a firm believer that self-care is fundamental to maintaining balance and mental clarity as a provider. That’s why she makes time for herself weekly, if not daily, whether that’s getting an extra hour of sleep, going for a walk, spending time with family and friends, or getting a massage. It’s that little […]