children’s progress Making History 18

spring 2013
children’s progress
serving children through philanthropy
Making History
First epilepsy surgery
perfomed at Akron Children’s
gives boy a new chance
in life.
Building on the Promise
Ready, set, build!
12 A Look Back at 2102
letter from the executive director
Dear Friends,
As we grow regionally, so does our donor family.
‘Family’ is a word that carries a lot of weight at Akron
Children’s Hospital.
It drives the way we approach patient care, and it
guides the way we structure our facilities – from
patient rooms to respite centers.
As a contributor to Akron Children’s Hospital, you are
a part of our hospital family. In 2012, your support
helped us grow in ways we never imagined. We ended the year
with more than $20 million raised through individual contributions,
fundraisers, grants, our “Building on the Promise” campaign and
more. It was one of the most monumental years we’ve experienced.
In this issue of Children’s Progress, you’ll read stories that reflect an
expanding family of people who want to support our mission. Read
about the achievements of recent events like the Handel’s Koins
for Kids campaign and our annual “Have a Heart, Do Your Part”
radiothon. Plan to attend one of our upcoming events, such as the
annual Diamond Classic for Kids and the first-ever Flash-A-Thon
dance marathon. And learn about the latest developments taking
place at our hospital.
It’s a privilege to be a part of Akron Children’s – and to have the
support of people like you, who are just as committed to ensuring
that world-class pediatric care thrives in northeast Ohio.
Just like any family grows over time, so does our hospital.
One of the ways we grow is by establishing new divisions, programs
and services, like the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center. In 2012,
the center’s physicians performed our first-ever epilepsy surgery.
In these pages you’ll read how it gave hope and a second chance
to one local boy. New opportunities like this help us provide the
best possible care to the children of our hospital communities and
beyond, allowing us to expand our regional presence.
foundation board members
Philip H. Maynard
William H. Considine
Michael P. Trainer
John D. Zoilo
Executive Director
Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation
William W. Cushwa Jr.
The Braveheart Group LLC
John P. Delaney
Vice President and Co-Owner
G.D.S. Express Inc.
John T. McBride, MD
Vice Chair, Department of Pediatrics, and
Director, Robert T. Stone MD Respiratory
Akron Children’s Hospital
Mrs. James McCool (Diana)
Paul M. Dutton
Harrington, Hoppe &
Mitchell Ltd.
Gregory J. Michalec
Senior Vice President of
Sales and Marketing
Superior Beverage Group
Valerie A. Geiger
Senior Vice President, Corporate Banking
PNC Bank
Gregory A. McDermott
First Merit Insurance Group
Richard R. Grigg
Chairman, Board of Directors
Akron Children’s Hospital
Mark W. Oelschlager
Portfolio Manager
Oak Associates Ltd.
James P. Berry
SiebertKeck Insurance Agency (Retired)
Raymond Hexamer
First Communication
Frank Bevilacqua
Winer and Bevilacqua
Willard T. Holland
Expand Interactive
Ernest Pouttu
President & Chief
Executive Officer
Harwick Standard
Distribution Corp.
David A. Bouffard
Vice President, Public Relations
Sterling Jewelers Inc.
Patrick James
Hawthorn Manufacturing Corp.
Adam A. Briggs
Financial Advisor
Briggs Financial Group
Keith Kennedy
WKDD Radio
Elizabeth A. Clark
Friends of Akron Children’s Hospital
Rajeev Kishore, MD
Director, Allergy-Immunology
Akron Children’s Hospital
Robert B. Cooper
Director, Licensed Real Estate
CB Richard Ellis Inc.
Kara H. Lewis
Winslow Asset Management Inc.
John P. Crow, MD
Pediatric Surgeon
Akron Children’s Hospital
Robert M. Littman, CPA, MT
SS&G Financial Services Inc.
Thomas R. Crowley
Chairman of the Board
Gasko Products (Retired)
Mrs. Robert W. Malone (Paula)
Women’s Board of Akron Children’s Hospital
Michael E. George
John D. Zoilo
Executive Director
John R. Adams
Wealth Management Advisor
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Allen L. Ryan Jr.
Director of Corporate Affairs
Covelli Enterprises
James D. Showers*
Vice President
Strausser Development
James Sisek, Esq.
President & CEO
Farmers Trust Company
Mrs. Willis S. Zeigler (Patricia)
Women’s Board of Akron Children’s Hospital
Honorary Director
Willard R. Holland
Chairman and CEO
FirstEnergy Corp. & Pennsylvania
Power Co. (Retired)
* Deceased
16Making History
First epilepsy surgery performed at Akron
Children’s gives boy a new chance in life.
Advances and
Recent Events
Save the Date
Planned Giving
Of Note
Memorial and Tribute
Ready, set, build!
Akron Chilldren’s Hospital embraces
a philosophy of family-centered care.
We believe that every child has the right
to world-class medical care, regardless
of a family’s ability to pay.
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from our cover
Building on the Promise
Ready, set, build!
View from the top
The new critical care tower will be connected to the new parking deck and main hospital building by skywalks accessed on the third floor.
Last summer, Akron Children’s announced
a $200 million expansion of its Akron campus,
which includes a new critical care tower. The
design phase of the tower is complete, and
the timeline for construction has been set.
The renderings above and at right will give
you a sneak peek inside the new building,
which is set to open in 2015. For more
information about the building project, visit
Construction Timeline
March 2013
September 2013
Demolition of existing buildings begins
Parking garage is complete
March-April 2013
October 2013
Preparation of site for construction
Building enclosure begins
May 2013
First Quarter 2014
Foundation construction begins
Interior finishes begin
June 2013
Structural frame construction begins
Things familiar
Colorful green chandeliers hang from the ceiling to mimic the feel of sitting
beneath a tree in the main lobby of the critical care tower.
Green space
The campus expansion includes plans to close Locust Street between
Exchange and State Streets. A landscaped courtyard will replace the street
between the critical care tower and the main hospital building.
Did you know
that the new
building will be
368,735 square
feet, which is
the same as:
Atrium ball machines
football fields
basketball courts
Colorful and open
The post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) will feature a spacious
waiting area and bright interiors.
swimming pools
Goodyear blimps
Rooms of their own
Each room in the new neonatal intensive care unit will be private.
advances and innovations
Akron Children’s taps
Dr. Robert McGregor for
new CMO post
Akron Children’s Hospital has named Robert
McGregor, MD, to the newly-created position of
chief medical officer.
Most recently, Dr. McGregor was the pediatricianin-chief and interim chair of pediatrics at St.
Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia,
and professor of pediatrics at the Drexel University
College of Medicine.
“As our integrated pediatric health system continues
Robert McGregor, MD, comes to Akron Children’s from
to grow, our Board of Directors, Medical Staff
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
leadership and management recognized the need
for a full-time CMO with a seasoned knowledge
of physician practices, regional partnerships and population health initiatives,” said Bill Considine,
president and CEO. “This led to our search and selection of Dr. McGregor, who has a very distinguished
resume and senior executive leadership in pediatric healthcare delivery.”
As chief medical officer, Dr. McGregor will be a member of Akron Children’s Board of Directors. His
responsibilities will include:
• Developing goals and implementing the hospital’s strategic plan as it relates to the medical staff.
• Overseeing patient safety, quality and clinical performance improvement initiatives.
• Mentoring and directing medical education and medical staff services, including the credentialing
In addition, Dr. McGregor will have a key role in the recruitment and retention of physicians. He will
promote organizational research, and work collaboratively with the Board of Directors, administrative
and clinical staff and the elected Medical Staff leadership to achieve the hospital’s strategic and
operating goals.
“My role will be to bring a physician’s perspective to the highest level of the organization as we move
forward with the hospital’s goals and objectives,” said Dr. McGregor. “Clearly, quality has to be
paramount in all that we do.”
According to Dr. McGregor, a key factor in his decision to come to Akron Children’s was the quality and
process improvement initiatives the hospital is undertaking and the collaborative nature of its work with
children’s hospitals in Ohio and across the country.
Dr. McGregor earned his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital. He also
completed post-doctoral training in physician leadership development at the Harvard School of Public
“I am looking forward to returning to the Midwest and very excited to join Akron Children’s at such an
exciting time with its campus expansion, the growing breadth and depth of its clinical
programs and the
hospital’s growing national reputation,” said Dr. McGregor.
Akron Children’s began operating the 15-bed pediatrics unit at East Liverpool City Hospital in January 2013.
Akron Children’s Hospital to operate
pediatric unit at East Liverpool City Hospital
After announcing the partnership last
December, Akron Children’s Hospital
began operating the pediatric unit at East
Liverpool City Hospital in January.
“We recognize the need to bring Akron
Children’s pediatric expertise closer to
where our families live, and are happy to
add East Liverpool as a valued partner to
our more than 80 service locations,” said
Bill Considine, president and CEO of Akron
Children’s Hospital. “This will solidify our
long relationship with East Liverpool City
Hospital and allow us another way to fulfill
our promise to care for all children as we
would our own and to work tirelessly so all
children can reach their full potential.”
The transition was expected to be seamless
for patients and families. The same team of
doctors and clinicians who currently provide
care on the unit will continue to staff the
15-bed unit.
“This arrangement is another example of our
hospital bringing high quality healthcare
to our community,” said Kenneth Cochran,
president and CEO of East Liverpool City
Hospital. “East Liverpool City Hospital is
determined to provide excellent healthcare,
right here at home. Through our relationship
with Akron Children’s, we can provide that
type of pediatric care onsite, allowing our
patient families to receive care locally.”
Akron Children’s and East Liverpool City
Hospital are working collaboratively to
integrate quality monitoring and performance
improvement programs, bringing together
the best of both organizations.
Akron Children’s also operates a pediatric
unit at Robinson Memorial Hospital in
Ravenna. Akron Children’s operates
Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) at its
campus in Akron, Akron General Medical
Center, Summa’s Akron City Hospital and
St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
Additionally, Akron Children’s operates a
Special Care Nursery at its Beeghly campus
in Boardman.
recent events
A season of giving
Community raises $250,000 for Akron Children’s at Holiday Tree Festival
For 31 years, the volunteers of Akron Children’s
Hospital have presented the Holiday Tree
Festival as a gift to the hospital and our
And this year, the community gave back in a
big way.
Through the sales of trees, silent auction
items, retail sales, holiday gifts, underwriting,
raffle tickets for our displays, and the preview
gala event, the 2012 Holiday Tree Festival
raised a record-breaking $250,000 for Akron
Children’s Hospital.
Holiday Tree Festival chairperson Mary Leuca presented John Zoilo, executive
director of the Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation, with a check for $250,000
at a celebratory luncheon in January. The 2012 Holiday Tree Festival raised more
than any other festival to date.
Mark Your
for the 2013
Holiday Tree
November 23 – December 1
“It was an unbelievable year – everyone was
extremely happy with how it went,” said
Mary Leuca, festival chairperson. “Raising
the highest amount ever for the hospital was
another reason to celebrate. The community
is always so grateful that we continue to put
on this free event, year after year.”
Approximately 200,000 visitors traveled
to the John S. Knight Center in downtown
Akron this past November to walk through
a dazzling display of more than 400
holiday trees, wreaths and countless
holiday creations. They also enjoyed the
event’s overall atmosphere, listening to
performances from local entertainment and
visiting with Santa Claus himself. Many took
the opportunity to enter the raffle for a free
car donated by the VanDevere Bunch, with
more than 1,500 of the $5 tickets sold.
At the annual thank you luncheon, the
volunteers presented John Zoilo, executive
director of Akron Children’s Hospital’s
Foundation, with a check for the amount
raised. The proceeds will help support
patient care programs, education and
research at the hospital.
“We are already getting ready for this year’s
festival,” said Leuca. “It just goes to show
how much we all love this event.”
Thank you
for doing
your ‘Part’
Radiothon raises $663,865 for
Akron Children’s Hospital
From Feb. 7 to 9, the Atrium Lobby at Akron
Children’s Hospital’s Akron campus transformed
into a call center, a radio station, a bank … and
a place that helps miracles happen.
During the 2013 “Have a Part, Do Your Part”
Radiothon, contributions from Change Bandits,
area businesses and organizations, schools,
individuals and families helped raise $663,865
for Akron Children’s Hospital. The funds will
go toward the areas of greatest need at the
hospital, such as purchasing child-size medical
equipment and funding community outreach
“We’re absolutely thrilled,” said Nicci Avalon,
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program
manager at Akron Children’s. “Donors of every
age imaginable really did their part to help make
this year’s Radiothon such a success.”
During the three-day event, as donors flooded
the lobby in person or over the phone, patients
and their families shared their hospital stories
of hope and healing live on 98.1 WKDD. More
than 500 volunteers were on hand to answer
phone calls, collect change and accept
additional donations. Students from local
schools brought in donations and gifts such as
stuffed animals, coloring books and handmade
Valentine’s cards, and several providers from
the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center even
received a pie in the face to raise money for
the event.
Throughout all the activities, Avalon said that
some of the best moments came when current
hospital patients had a chance to visit the lobby
and share in Radiothon’s excitement.
“When our patients come down with their parents,
families or caregivers, those are the moments
that melt your heart,” said Avalon. “They remind
us what Radiothon is all about.”
Volunteers from FirstEnergy stayed busy answering
phones in the Atrium lobby during Radiothon. A total of
320 phone bank volunteers were able to collect 1,800
donations this year.
recent events
An elegant tradition
2012 Charity Ball raises more than
$135,000 for the hospital
On Dec. 28, 2012, the floors of Goodyear Hall filled
with debutantes past and present for “Charity Ball:
An Akron Tradition” – the 110th Charity Ball and
Presentation presented by the Women’s Board of
Akron Children’s Hospital.
That night, 41 debutantes and their families were
honored in front of 950 guests for their outstanding
volunteer activities in our community. Recognition
also was given to previous debutantes, who came
from coast to coast to attend. A final tribute was
paid to Goodyear Hall as the ball bid adieu to its
long-time partner. At the end of the evening, more
than $135,000 was raised for Akron Children’s
“I’ve had so many people tell me what a wonderful
night it was for them and their families,” said Connie
Nolte, event chairperson. “Each family left that night
with memories that they’ll cherish for a lifetime.”
The evening paid homage to the history and
traditions of the ball, as well as to the city of Akron.
The décor harkened to the birch allées of Stan
Hywet Hall & Gardens. An entire hallway was lined
with photographs and memorabilia from previous
balls dating all the way back to the first ball in the
late 1800s.
Robert Trabucco, a member of the Akron Children’s
Hospital Board of Directors and chair of the annual
fund campaign, presents his daughter, Kathleen, at
the 2012 Charity Ball.
For Nolte, one of the most poignant moments of the
night occurred when past debutantes were invited to
join the current debutantes for a special dance.
“It seemed as if more than three quarters of the
people in the audience stood up,” said Nolte. “It was
stunning to see how many people stepped onto the
floor. It was a beautiful evening for the girls – past
and present – and our hospital.”
2012 Debutantes
Abigail Bashor
Daughter of Dr. Kendrick Bashor (Sheila)
Colleen Considine
Daughter of Mr. Thomas Considine (Susan)
Alexis Becker
Daughter of Mr. Dale Becker (Carol)
Sarah Courtad
Daughter of Mr. David Courtad (Katherine)
Sonja Beckner
Daughter of Mr. Kenneth Beckner and Mrs.
Christine Beckner
Kyle Cousineau
Daughter of Mr. Thomas Cousineau
(Dr. Lisa)
McKenzie Bell
Daughter of Mr. Daniel Bell (Mary)
Samantha Crane
Daughter of Dr. Stephen Crane (Patricia)
Kimberly Berk
Daughter of Mr. Robert Berk (Susan)
Catherine Culp
Daughter of Mr. Robert Culp Jr. (Laura)
Ann Brennan
Daughter of Ms. Nancy Brennan
Madison Cummins
Daughter of Mr. Brian Cummins (Brenda)
Megan Calderone
Daughter of Mr. Kenneth Calderone
Emma Davis
Daughter of Mr. Richard Davis (Julie)
Alexandra Eliopoulos
Daughter of Mr. Edward Eliopoulos
Grace Finn
Daughter of Mr. Terrence Finn (Mary Kay)
Emma Fish
Daughter of The Honorable David Fish
and Ms. Robin Bell
Allison Forhan
Daughter of Mr. Drew Forhan (Nancy)
Kelly Frantz
Daughter of Mr. Robert Frantz
(Dr. Susan Clark)
Keila Hamed-Ramos
Daughter of Mr. Scott Hamed (Maryrosa)
Koins for Kids
Kids helping Kids
For four years, Handel’s “Koins for Kids” campaign has pitted
area schools against each other in a fundraising campaign to
benefit Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.
At its core, this lighthearted competition comes down to one
heartfelt concept: kids helping kids.
That’s precisely what they did this past winter, raising more
than $46,700 for the hospital, with the help of some special
community partners.
From Nov. 27 to Dec. 7, 2012, more than 20,000 students at
31 schools in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties
personalized paper snowman ornaments to raise money for
the services and programs offered by the hospital to help
local children and families. Other organizations, including area
Walgreens and firefighters in Mahoning and Trumbull counties,
also helped raise funds for the hospital.
We appreciate your support!
At the end of the campaign, 570 WKBN set up remote sites
in each county for three consecutive days to collect the funds
raised. Many lucky students even had the opportunity to turn
in their donations live on the radio.
“It’s wonderful to think how a campaign that started in our
schools has now turned into a community-wide fundraising
effort for the hospital,” said JoAnn Stock, director of
development for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.
In 2012, some 90 special events were held to raise
money on behalf of Akron Children’s Hospital.
Below are events held between September and
January that raised more than $10,000.
> Walk for Babies – $98,755
> St. Damien Hospital Fundraiser – $29,281
> Courage for Carina Wine Tasting – $28,000
> Noah’s Hope – $13,459
> Holiday Hopes and Wishes – $18,000
> Dunkin Donuts’ Miracles for Munchkins – $10,000
Since its founding in 2009, “Koins for Kids” has raised more
than $75,000 for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.
Evan Haney
Daughter of Mr. Eric Haney (Melissa)
Caroline Licata
Daughter of Mr. Ross Licata (Heather)
Bergen Schmetzer
Daughter of Mr. William Hoover (Paige)
Margaret Harris
Daughter of Mr. Richard Harris III (Tatiana)
Mackenna Marks
Daughter of Mr. Steven Marks (Jeannine)
Rachel Silver
Daughter of Dr. Kevin Silver (Sharon)
Catrina Hilling
Daughter of Mr. Carl Hilling and
Ms. Lisa Hilling
Grace McGee
Daughter of Mr. Walter McGee (Teresa)
Victoria Tersigni
Daughter of Mr. Vincent Tersigni (Melissa)
Nicole Jesser
Daughter of Mrs. Lisa Jesser
Amanda Merryweather
Daughter of Mr. Timothy Merryweather
Lauren Trabucco
Daughter of Mr. Robert Trabucco (Kathleen)
Alexandra Karas
Daughter of Mr. Arthur Karas (Susan)
Jessica Pasternak
Daughter of Mr. Michael Pasternak (Julia)
Emma Klein
Daughter of Mr. James Klein
Ann Preston
Daughter of Mr. Ernest Preston III (Laura)
Alexsandra Kovacevich
Daughter of Dr. Gregory Kovacevich (Maria)
Natalie Rothenbuecher
Daughter of Mr. H. Alan Rothenbuecher
Talor Krauth
Daughter of Mr. Richard Krauth (Trayce)
Taylor Viscomi
Daughter of Mr. Antonio Viscomi (Kristie)
Hayley Whitford
Daughter of Mr. Darrell Whitford (Cynthia)
A look
back at
Akron Children’s had a lot to celebrate in
2012. Among the many milestones we
celebrated are increasing our U.S. News &
World Report rankings for Best Children’s
Hospitals, going live with stage 2
of our electronic medical record (EMR)
implementation, and celebrating much
fundraising success. Take a look at 12
of the 32 highlights from last year.
To see the entire list, visit http://inside.
save the date
Dancing for a cause
Kent State University to host Flash-A-Thon dance marathon
Join Kent State University students for the first ever
Flash-A-Thon dance marathon, sponsored by Akron
Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network
Taking place April 6 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at
the Kent State University Student Recreation and
Wellness Center, the proceeds from this 12-hour
marathon will benefit the Showers Family Center
for Childhood Cancer & Blood Disorders at Akron
Children’s Hospital.
“It’s a fun way to raise funds for such a worthwhile
organization,” said Jackie Cornell, event co-chairperson
and Kent State University senior. “Anyone from the
community can join in.”
“We’re so excited to have the patients there,” said
Chrissie Seo, event co-chairperson and a senior at
Kent State University. “We want them to enjoy their
day and see that KSU students are thinking about
them and trying to help other children in the hospital.”
Registration costs $10, and each dancer is
responsible for raising funds from sponsors
through their online fundraising pages. To
sign up, or to learn more about the event, visit
You also can email [email protected], or
visit the event’s Facebook page – KSU Flashathon –
or Twitter feed – @KSUFlashAThon.
In addition to dancing, there will be other activities
for people to enjoy such as live music, corn hole,
video games and more. Former hospital patients
and their families will be on hand to share their
stories with the audience.
‘Styles of Yesterday and Today’
American Girl Fashion Show® to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley
The Kids’ Crew of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning
Valley invites you to attend the American Girl Fashion
Show this April at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown.
The dates for this year’s shows are:
• Saturday, April 20, 2013: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 3 – 5 p.m.
• Sunday, April 21, 2013: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 3 – 5 p.m.
It’s a fun-filled time for girls and their families, friends
and favorite dolls. With the theme ‘Styles of Yesterday
and Today,’ this year’s events will showcase historical
and contemporary fashions. Guests also will learn
how clothing has changed throughout the years to
reflect history, culture and individual styles.
“Not only is it a unique fundraiser for the hospital,
it’s an event that creates lifelong memories for
girls and their families,” said JoAnn Stock, director
of development for Akron Children’s Hospital
Mahoning Valley.
Each show will feature a tea-party-themed luncheon,
raffle and door prizes. Tickets are $25 each. All
proceeds will benefit the local programs and services
of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.
For more information, visit
or contact JoAnn Stock at 330-746-9122
or [email protected].
Annual baseball game to benefit School
Health Services
for Kids
The Kent State University Flashes will face The
University of Akron Zips on Thursday, May 16, for
the seventh annual Diamond Classic for Kids. The
first pitch will be thrown at 6:35 p.m. at Canal Park
in downtown Akron.
“It’s a great family event,” said Michele Wilmoth, MSN,
RN, nurse manager, School Health Services. “Kids
and families can enjoy watching a college baseball
game and take part in other exciting activities. It
really is a fun time!”
Staff from School Health Services will be on hand
to take tickets, perform safety demonstrations, and
talk to families about health and wellness. The entire
Kids’ Zone at Canal Park also will be open throughout
the game.
Funds from this year’s event will go toward education,
training and equipment that School Health Services
needs to improve the delivery of care it provides
children in the Akron Public School system and other
suburban school districts. Since it started, the
Diamond Classic for Kids has raised more than
$80,000 for the department.
Tickets cost $5 each.
to purchase yours. They’re also available at the
Kent State University and The University of Akron
box offices.
‘Hail to the Chefs’
Preview for Taste of Hudson to benefit Safe Kids Coalition
Reserve your tickets for the eighth annual “Hail
to the Chefs” fundraising gala on Friday, May 10
at 7 p.m.
Held once again at the Lake Forest Country Club
in Hudson, the event is a preview night for Taste
of Hudson and features selections from some of
the area’s finest chefs. It also raises funds and
recognition for the hospital-based Safe Kids USA®
coalition and several other worthwhile community
“It’s a fantastic event,” said Joni Fitch, coordinator
of special projects for Akron Children’s Hospital
Foundation. “People can get together and have good
food and great drinks and a portion of the proceeds
from the event come to the hospital.”
This year’s event takes place three weeks earlier than
previous years, and Mr. and Mrs. Shawn M. Lyden will
serve as honorary chairs. Tickets cost $90 each and
include one entry for the Ultimate Raffle Experience,
where you can win great prizes. Groups of eight or
more may purchase tickets at a discounted rate of
$80 per ticket. For more information or to buy tickets,
First epilepsy surgery performed
at Akron Children’s gives boy
a new chance in life
One in 26.
That’s the number of people who will be diagnosed with
epilepsy during their lifetime, according to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.
Almost three years ago, 12-year-old Jake
Gmerek of Massillon, Ohio, unexpectedly
became one of the “ones.” Wanting to be
defined by a different number, Jake chose
to undergo a procedure that was the first
of its kind at Akron Children’s Hospital:
epilepsy surgery. While it was an arduous
two-year journey for Jake and his family,
he never complained. Instead, he viewed
the experience as an opportunity to make
history… and to pave the way for other
children just like him.
A sudden diagnosis
On Oct. 19, 2010, Jake was sitting in class
when he started to feel “funny.” Concerned
that he was going to pass out, he stood up to
tell his teacher before collapsing and having
a seizure. When the school called Jake’s
mother, Kim Gmerek, she was in disbelief.
“I thought they called the wrong house,” said
Kim. “Nobody expects that call. We were in
shock – our perfectly healthy child just had a
seizure. It was unimaginable.”
Jake was transported to Akron Children’s
Hospital, where he underwent an MRI and
several other tests. After he was discharged,
Jake experienced several more seizures, as
well as auras, abnormal sensations – like
seeing colored lights or experiencing a
tingling sensation – that occur before a
“My husband, Mike, and I kept thinking that it
could be a fluke, or there could be something
more serious happening,” said Kim. “We were
going from one extreme to another.”
The Gmereks took Jake to the specialists at
the hospital’s NeuroDevelopmental Science
Center. An abnormal MRI scan showed that
Jake had experienced an injury to the left
side of his brain early in life; doctors believed
he had suffered a stroke during Kim’s third
trimester. With this discovery, coupled with
his recent seizure activity, Jake was officially
diagnosed with epilepsy.
“Epilepsy is one of the most common types of
pediatric neurodevelopmental diseases,” said
Deborah Holder, MD, director of epilepsy and
clinical neurophysiology at Akron Children’s
Hospital. “It occurs when there are abnormal
electrical discharges in the brain. In Jake’s
case, the injured part of his brain triggered
the seizures. Since the injury happened so
early in his life, that part of the brain became
At first, Jake received medications to help
control seizure symptoms. However, the
Gmereks were told that if he didn’t respond
well, he would be a perfect candidate for
brain surgery.
During the two years prior to his surgery for epilepsy, Jake developed close relationships with the doctors and staff at
the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center, including Dr. Patrick Brown, pictured here. “All of my doctors and nurses
made me feel really comfortable,” Jake said. “They became really special to me.”
After being diagnosed with epilepsy in 2013,
Jake underwent surgery to cure the disease.
“I didn’t want to live the rest of my life with
seizures. They didn’t just improve my life, they
saved it. They gave me hope,” he said.
“As parents, what do you do?” Kim said. “You
conceal your feelings and stay strong for your
child, who’s crushed when he hears ‘brain
After a period of time, it became clear that
Jake’s condition wasn’t improving.
“Out of those who are diagnosed with epilepsy,
30 percent still have seizures despite the
medication,” said Dr. Holder. “That was the
group Jake was in.”
An important decision
For the next year, Mike and Kim avidly
researched this type of surgery, simply
known as epilepsy surgery, weighing the
potential outcomes against the possible risks.
It would be the first one performed at Akron
Children’s Hospital, accounted for by the
additions of Dr. Holder and Roger Hudgins,
MD, director of the Division of Neurosurgery
and the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center.
And it would involve not one surgery, but two.
During the first surgery, called brain
mapping, surgeons would insert electrodes
onto different areas of Jake’s brain. After
the surgery, Dr. Holder and her team would
stimulate the electrodes to map out the
way his brain functioned. The results would
then serve as a guide to Dr. Hudgins during
epilepsy surgery to ensure that he removed
only the abnormal sections of the brain
to reduce the risk of difficulties after the
“The problem with the area in which the
abnormalities existed in Jake’s brain was
that they were very close to his language
and motor areas,” said Dr. Holder. “We
needed to make sure that we only removed
the abnormal brain matter and left the
normal portions in place.”
Kim and Mike talked through the possibility
of surgery with Jake. At 13 years old, they felt
he should have a say in the decision. After
hearing all of the information, Jake looked at
his parents, smiled and replied, “I want to do
it. I want to make history.”
“I remember Mike and I looked at each other
and thought – ok, let’s do it,” said Kim.
Making history
Dr. Hudgins met with Jake and his parents
a few weeks before the surgeries to explain
the process and what he would experience
during each step. Jake admitted that it
helped alleviate some of his anxieties about
the procedures.
“I really like Dr. Hudgins,” said Jake. “He told
me everything that I needed to know about
the surgery – about how well it would work,
how the scar was going to look, stuff like
that. All of my doctors and nurses made me
feel really comfortable. They became really
special to me.”
In an expression of gratitude last fall, Jake and his sister Addy
organized a book drive for the hospital. Addy’s Brownie Troop
#61014, along with Sauder Elementary School classmates from
Jackson Township collected 1,000 books for our patients. Jake
and his family are pictured here with doctors and staff from the
NeuroDevelopmental Science Center.
Jake was highlighted
as one the miracle kids
during the 2013 “Have
a Heart, Do Your Part”
radiothon. Pictured
here with WKDD’s Keith
Kennedy, Jake and his
family shared their story
during a live interview.
On Aug. 6, 2012, Jake began his 14-day stay
at the hospital. During this time, Jake had 92
wires extending from his head as Dr. Holder and
her team mapped Jake’s brain activities, even
stimulating a seizure to ensure they pinpointed
the exact area of the brain that triggered them.
He then underwent epilepsy surgery to remove
the abnormal area of the brain.
Throughout the procedure, Dr. Holder and
C. Patrick Brown, MD, child neurologist and
epileptologist, came out at intervals to give Kim
and Mike updates on the progress. After the
surgery was successfully completed, Mike and
Kim were more than ready to see their son.
“Even though they told us he came out ok, we’re
still thinking, ‘Will he be able to talk? Will he
recognize me?’” said Mike. “We needed to go
see him, look in his eyes and hear him say
When Mike and Kim reached the Pediatric
Intensive Care Unit (PICU), they found Jake lying
in his bed, following commands and drinking
water. Kim recalled the feeling of relief when Jake
saw her, smiled and said, “Hi, Mom.”
“This kid had just had a piece of his brain cut out,
and he looked great,” said Kim. “His coloring was
normal, his incision looked wonderful, he could
talk. It was amazing. His time in recovery for a
tonsillectomy was worse than this.”
One week later, Jake was on his way home.
A real life changer
Today, Jake is on a positive road to recovery.
While he continues to experience auras
occasionally, he remains seizure-free. Though his
stamina is weaker than before his procedures,
his health is continuing to improve. And Akron
Children’s staff members continue to help him
every step of the way.
In addition to routine follow-up appointments with
Drs. Holder and Hudgins, Jake also received help
when it came time to make his transition back
into the classroom. To ensure the process went
as seamlessly as possible, Jake worked with Lisa
Stanford, PhD, ABPP/CN, director of the division
of neurobehavioral health. Jake’s grades continue
to improve, and he will run track this spring.
“While epilepsy is very common in children,
surgery is really the only way to cure it,” said Dr.
Holder. “Medications just treat the symptoms.
By being able to provide this type of surgery at
Akron Children’s, we can actually offer children
like Jake a way out. It’s a real life-changer.”
Kim and Mike couldn’t agree more.
“If I was to look back two and a half years ago,
and someone would say that I had to use Akron
Children’s Hospital like our family did, I wouldn’t
have believed them,” said Kim. “When it comes
to your child, you want the best, and we have the
best right in our own backyard.”
As for Jake, he thanks the doctors, nurses and
staff members for changing his life.
“I always tell my mom that if I did this anywhere
else at any other hospital, it wouldn’t have been
the same,” said Jake. “I didn’t want to live the
rest of my life with seizures. Akron Children’s
didn’t just improve my life, they saved it. They
gave me hope.”
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The team launching the Center
for the Treatment and Study of
Adverse Childhood Events includes
(left to right): Patricia Seifert, PhD;
Robin Tener, PhD; Sumru BilgeJohnson, MD; Sarah Ostrowski, PhD;
Melissa Peace, MSSA, LISW-S;
and Norman Christopher, MD.
Supporting children, families touched by trauma
As adults, we are shocked and saddened by
scenes of violence and devastation in the news –
the recent shooting in Newtown, Conn., the
destruction caused by super storm Sandy and
stories of political upheaval from around the world.
But what about our children? How do they process
these events? How can we help them cope?
With the launch of the Center for the Treatment
and Study of Adverse Childhood Events, Akron
Children’s is shedding light on these questions.
Thanks to a four-year, $1.6-million federal
grant, we will provide services and support to
children and families who have experienced
psychological trauma.
“Tragic shootings in Copley, Chardon and now
Connecticut reinforce the importance of trauma
training for teachers, doctors, nurses and others
who work with children,” said Norm Christopher,
MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and
author of numerous studies on childhood trauma.
“This grant will also enable us to deliver ageappropriate and research-based responses to the
death of a high school student, the chronic illness
of a sibling, or domestic violence, as they can be
equally devastating for loved ones.”
The goal of the center is to provide leadership,
training and consultative services for childhood
traumatic stress for northeast Ohio. It will create
a trauma-focused network of care, which will
improve access to treatment and help identify
children who have been exposed to adverse
The grant also allows Akron Children’s to join
the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
(NCTSN). Established by Congress in 2000,
NCTSN includes more than 150 child trauma
centers that provide care and resources for a
wide range of traumatic experiences.
Melissa Peace, a social worker who spent 10
years leading the Summit County Children Who
Witness Violence Program, will serve as project
According to Peace, her team will begin by
creating a community trauma advisory council
and rolling out trauma-focused cognitive behavior
therapy for clinical staff, community mental
health providers and school personnel. This
evidence-based approach helps children create
and share “trauma narratives” to cope with their
The grant also has a research component,
led by pediatric psychologist Sarah Ostrowski,
PhD, research program director for the
NeuroDevelopmental Science Center.
“As a member of the network, we will have a direct
connection to the experts and most current
research in childhood traumatic stress,” said
Ostrowski, who will serve as principal investigator.
“Through our own research, we will be contributing
to that body of knowledge as well.”
of note
Mark Adamczyk, MD, Director, Brachial Plexus
Treatment Center, and Todd Ritzman, MD, Director,
Pediatric Orthopedic Education, presented
“Comparison Between Two Pedicle Screw Constructs
in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Posterior Fusions”
with John Kemppainen and Melanie Morscher at Ohio
Orthopedic Society, Dublin, OH, May 2012.
Michael T. Bigham, MD, Pediatric Intensive Care
Physician, Medical Director, Transport Services,
and Assistant Patient Safety Officer, presented
“Intubation Success Rate Using GlideScope® Video
Laryngoscope in Pediatric Critical Care Transport” at
International Respiratory Congress, 2012; “Pediatric
Transport in Black and White: X-ray Case Reviews” at
American Academy of Pediatrics, New Orleans, LA,
October 2012; “Pediatric Septic Shock: Evaluation
and Management” at Ohio Association of Advance
Practice Nurses 22nd annual Statewide Educational
Conference, November 2012.
Elizabeth A. Bryson, MSN, CNP, CS, Pediatric Nurse
Practitioner presented “Nuts and Bolts of Cystic
Fibrosis: Pulmonary Overview” at North American
Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Orlando, FL, October 2012.
Blaise Congeni, MD, Director, Pediatric Infectious
Disease, presented at the 30th annual Infectious
Disease Update, Naples, FL, December 2012.
Joseph A. Congeni, MD, Medical Director, Sports
Medicine Center, presented “Traumatic Brain Injury
and Post Concussion Care” at 12th annual Ohio
Pediatric Trauma Symposium, Toledo, Ohio, 2012 and
at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, 2012; “Sports
Medicine in Pediatrics” at University of Chicago,
Chicago, IL, 2012.
John C. Duby, MD, Director, DevelopmentalBehavioral Pediatrics, presented “Mental Health
Competencies for Pediatric Primary Care” at American
Academy of Pediatrics, Charleston, SC, January 2013.
Richard W. Hertle, MD, Chief, Pediatric
Ophthalmology and Director, Vision Center, presented
“A Story of Change and Discovery: How and What
We Learned from Studying Nystagmus in Infancy
and Early Childhood” at the British Pediatric
Ophthalmology and Strabismus Association Meeting,
Overcliff, Bournemouth, UK, September 2012 and
at the Annual Scientific Meeting, Albuquerque, NM,
September 2012; “Creativity and Inventiveness
in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus” at
the Annual Scientific Meeting, Albuquerque, NM,
September 2012; “A Surgical Algorithm for the
Treatment of Nystagmus” at 2nd World Congress of
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Milano,
Italy; “Pediatric Eye Surgery” at Ohio State University,
Columbus, OH, December 2012; “The Ocular Motor
System” and “Nystagmus in Infancy and Childhood” at
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, December
Kerwyn Jones, MD, Chair, Department of Orthopedics,
presented “Limited Benefit of Hamstrings Forces for
the ACL-Deficient Knee” at Ohio Orthopedic Society,
Dublin, OH, May 2012; “Gene Expression Differences
in Young Male and Female Ruptured Anterior Cruciate
Ligament Tissue” at American Academy of Pediatrics,
New Orleans, LA, October 2012.
Dianne Kulasa-Luke, MS, RN, Neurology Nurse
Practitioner, presented “Neurological Chronic Illnesses
in Children” to University of Akron child development
students; “Seizures in Children” to Kent State
University College of Nursing students.
Starla Martinez, MD, Director, Undergraduate
Medical Education, presented “Nuts and Bolts of
CF: Pulmonary Overview” at the North American
Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Orlando, Florida, October
2012; “Medical Student Peer Assessment: Should I
be Using This in My Clerkship?” at a workshop at the
Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics,
March 2012; “CLIPP: Not Just the Facts, Ma’am” at a
workshop at the Council on Medical Student Education
in Pediatrics, March 2012.
Marc Nelson, MD, MS, FAAP, Director, Center for
Hearing and Communication Disorders, presented
“Pediatric Sleep Disorder Breathing” at the Akron
Dental Society.
Patrick Riley, Sr., MD, presented “The Incidence of
Femoral Head Osteonecrosis in Pediatric Femoral Neck
Fractures: A 25 Year Study” at Pediatric Orthopedic
Society of North America, Denver, CO, May, 2012 and
at the American Academy of Pediatrics, New Orleans,
LA, October 2012.
Sarah Rush, MD, Director, Neuro-Oncology
presented “Volume of Vestibular Schwannoma does
not Correlate with Hearing Loss in Pediatric Patients
with Neurofibromatosis Type 2” at the International
Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Toronto,
Canada, June 2012 and at the Children’s Tumor
Foundation NF Conference, June 2012; “Brainstem
Low Grade Tumors Presenting with BRAF V600E
Mutation and Successful Treatment with Vemurafenib”
at International Symposium on Pediatric NeuroOncology, Toronto, Canada, June 2012; “The Use
of Bevacizumab in the Treatment of Schwannomarelated Pain in a Patient with Neurofibromatosis
Type 2” at International Symposium on Pediatric
Neuro-Oncology, Toronto, Canada, June 2012 and
at Children’s Tumor Foundation NF Conference, June
2012; “Protein Expression is a Potential Independent
Prognostic Factor in Pediatric Pilocytic and Pilomyxoid
Astrocytoma” at the International Symposium on
Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Toronto, Canada, June
Dennis Weiner, MD, Co-Director, Regional Skeletal
Dysplasia Center, Professor of Orthopedics, NEOMED,
ABIA, and Mark Adamczyk, MD, presented “Microarray
Analysis of Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis Growth
Plates” at Ohio Orthopedic Society, Dublin, OH, May
Micah Baird, MD, Medical Director, Inpatient
Rehabilitation, wrote “Interrater Reliability and
Convergent Validity of the American Academy
for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
Methodology for Conducting Systematic Reviews” with
L. Wiart L, K. Kolaski, C. Butler, L. Vogtle, L.R. Logan,
R. Hickman, J. Romeiser, L. Samson-Fang, C.A.
Matsuba, L. Roxborough, T. Mayson, I. Dinu in 2012.
“Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology” July
Michael T. Bigham, MD, Pediatric Intensive Care
Physician, Medical Director, Transport Services,
Assistant Patient Safety Officer, wrote “Making Good
Better: Implementing a Standardized Handoff in
Pediatric Transport” with C. Weingart, T. Herstich,
P. Baker, M.L. Garrett, M. Bird, J. Billock, and H.P.
Schwartz. Air Med J. January 32(1):40-6, 2013;
“Interleukin-27 is a Novel Candidate Diagnostic
Biomarker for Bacterial Infection in Critically Ill
Children” with H.R. Wong, N.Z. Cvijanovich, M. Hall,
G.L. Allen, N.J. Thomas, R.J. Freishtat, N. Anas, K.
Meyer, P.A. Checchia, R. Lin, A. Sen, J. Nowak, M.
Quasney, J.W. Henricksen, A.Chopra, S. Banschbach,
E. Beckman, K. Harmon, P. Lahni, T.P. Shanley. Crit
Care October 16(5):R174, 2012; “The Pediatric Sepsis
Biomarker Risk Model” with H.R.Wong, S.Salisbury,
Q. Xiao, N.Z. Cvijanovich, M. Hall, G.L. Allen, N.J.
Thomas, R.J. Freishtat, N. Anas, K. Meyer, P.A.
Checchia, R. Lin, T.P. Shanley TP, A.Sen, J. Nowak, M.
Quasney, J.W. Henricksen, A. Chopra, S. Banschbach,
E. Beckman, K. Harmon, P. Lahni, and C.J. Lindsell.
Crit Care October 16(5):R174, 2012.
Michelle Burke, MD, Medical Director, School Health
Services, wrote “Young Athletes,” with Angela D.
Smith, and Keith J. Loud. Team Physician Manual:
Intervention Federations of Sports Medicine. Ed.3
2013. Chapter 9: 196-215.
of note
Joseph A. Congeni, MD, Medical Director, Sports
Medicine Center, wrote “Association of Goutallier
Classification Findings and Presence of Fat Content
in the Multifidus Muscles with Delayed or Poor
Recovery After Physiotherapy in Adolescents with
Spondylolysis” with M. Bragg, Sports Rehab, and J.
Peiffer. “Physiotherapy Practice and Research” 34,
P29-35, 2013.
Richard W. Hertle, MD, Chief, Pediatric
Ophthalmology and Director, Vision Center wrote
“ROC Analysis of the Accuracy of Noncycloplegic
retinoscopy, Retinomax Autorefractor, and SureSigh
Vision Screener for Preschool Vision Screening”
with G.S. Ying, M. Maguire, G. Quinn, M.T. Kulp,
and L. Cyert. “Invest Opthalmol Vis Sci” 52(13):
9658-64, 2011; “Predictability of Intraocular Lens
Calculation and Early Refractive Status: The Infant
Aphakia Treatment Study” with D.K. Vanderveen, A.
Nizam, M.J. Lynn, E.D. Bothun, S.K. McClatchey,
D.R. Weakley, DuBois, L.G and S.R. Lambert. “Arch
Ophthalmol” 130(3):293-299, 2012; “GlaucomaRelated Adverse Events in the Infant Aphakia
Treatment Study: 1-Year Results” with A.D. Beck, S.F.
Freedman, M.J. Lynn, E. Bothun, D.E. Neely, and
S.R. Lambert. “Arch Ophthalmol.” 130(3):300-305,
2012; “Fixation Control and Eye Alignment in Children
Treated for Dense Congenital or Developmental
Cataracts” with E.E. Birch, J. Wang, J. Felius, J., D.R.
Stager Jr. J AAPOS 16(2):156-60, 2012; “The Infant
Aphakia Treatment Study Contact Lens Experience:
One-Year Outcomes” with B. Russell, M.A. Ward, L.
DuBois, and S.R. Lambert. “Eye Contact Lens” 28(4):
234-9, 2012; “Predictors of Adherence to Occlusion
Therapy 3 Months After Cataract Extraction in the
Infant Aphakia Treatment Study” with C.D. DrewsBotsch, E.E. Hartmann, and M. Celano. J AAPOS
16(2):150, 2012; “Adherence to Occlusion Therapy
in the first Six Months of Follow-up and Visual Acuity
Among Participants in the Infant Aphakia Treatment
Study” with C.D. Drews-Botsch, E.E. Hartmann, and
M. Celano. “Invest Ophthalmol Vis. Sci.” 53(7):336875, 2012; “Infant Aphakia Treatment Study Groups
Axial Elongation Following Cataract Surgery During
the First Year of Life in the Infant Aphakia Treatment
Study” with S.R. Lambert, M.J. Lynn, L.G. DuBois,
G.A. Cotsonis, E.E. Hartmann, and M.E. Wilson.
“Invest Ophthalmol Vis. Sci 7(12):7539-45; “Chapter.
Supranuclear Eye Movement Disorders, Acquired and
Neurologic Nystagmus” with N.N. Hanna. “Taylor
and Hoyt, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus,
Elsever Press” 2012; “A Systematic Approach to Eye
Muscle Surgery for Infantile Nystagmus Syndrome”
with D. Yang, J. Jeng, K. Carey, and E. Mitchell. “The
Challenge of Nystagmus” 2012.
Kerwyn Jones, MD, Chair Dept of Orthopedics,
wrote “Limited Benefit of Hamstrings Forces for the
ACL-Deficient Knee” with J. Elias, M. Kirkpatrick, M.
Stonestreet, K. Shah, C. Frampton, and M. Morscher.
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers,
Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine. October
vol. 226 no. 10 752-758, 2012.
Marc Nelson, MD, MS, FAAP, Director, Center
for Hearing and Communication Disorders,
wrote “Pediatric Hearing Loss and Radiographic
Hypoattenuation of the Cochlea: Is There a
Correlation?” with A. Kroeker, M. Nelson, and M.
Thorne. 2012.
Sarah Rush, MD, Director, Neuro-Oncology,
wrote “Pediatric Brainstem Gangliogliomas Show
Overexpression of Neuropeptide Prepronociceptin by
Microarray and Immunohistochemistry,” with Michael
H. Chan, B.K. Kleinschmidt, Andrew M. Donson,
Diane K. Birks, and Nicholas K. Foreman. 2012,
Nancy Wasserbauer, DO, was featured in the press
(abstract) after diagnosing CUD in a patient following
a treatment for osteosarcama. This will be presented
April 2013 at Clinical Immunology Society meeting.
Dennis Weiner, MD, Director, Pediatric Orthopedic
Research, Co-Director, Regional Skeletal Dysplasia
Center, Professor of Orthopedics, NEOMED, ABIA,
wrote “A Study In-vivo of the Effects of a Static
Compressive Load on the Proximal Tibial Physis in
Rabbits” with A. Bries, R. Jacquet, Mark Adamczyk
MD, M. Morscher, E. Lowder, M. Askew, R. Steiner,
W. Horne, and W. Landis. J Bone Joint Surg Am.
August 1;94(15):e 1111-10, 2012.
Awards and Honors
Michael T. Bigham, MD, Pediatric Intensive Care
Physician, Medical Director, Transport Services,
Assistant Patient Safety Officer, was awarded the
President’s Award by the Air Medical Physician
Association in 2012.
Ann-Marie Brown, MSN, CPNP-AC/PC, CCRN,
FCCM, was inducted as a Fellow of the American
College of Critical Care Medicine at the Society of
Critical Care Medicines Annual Congress, January
Blaise Congeni, MD, Director, Pediatric Infectious
Disease, received the Golden Apple award.
Richard W. Hertle, MD, Chief, Pediatric
Ophthalmology and Director, Vision Center, was a
visiting professor and surgeon at Liaocheng Peoples
Hospital, Liaocheng, Shaudong, China and at The
Goutami Eye Hospital, Rajamundry, India.
Starla Martinez, MD, Director, Undergraduate Medical
Education was elected to the Council on Medical
Student Education in Pediatrics and was appointed
to the Planning Committee of Pediatric Educational
Excellence across the Continuum as the Chair of the
Poster Subgroup.
Mary Toth, MD, Division Director, Rheumatology,
tology, was
named the first division director of rheumatology
ology in
2012 and was elected Vice President of the Medical
Staff in 2012. Toth will become President of the
Medical Staff in July 2013.
Nancy Wasserbauer, DO, was appointed to
the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and
Immunology on the Primary Immune Deficiency
Other Activities
Elizabeth A. Bryson, MSN, CNP, CS, Pediatric
atric Nurse
Practitioner, is a member of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
and Infection Control Consensus Guideliness for Cystic
Joseph A. Congeni, MD, Medical Director, Sports
Medicine Center, is on the BS/MD Admissions
Committee, Northeastern Ohio Universities College
of Medicine; Congeni testified before the House of
Representatives on behalf of HB 143, Columbus, Ohio,
John C. Duby, MD, Director, DevelopmentalBehavioral Pediatrics, was appointed co-chair of the
Developmental Screening and Follow Up Work Group
of the Pediatric Measurement Center of Excellence to
establish outcome measures for CHIPRA.
William Lawhon, MD, Ophthalmology, is a member of
AAPOS Legislative Affairs Committee.
Marc Nelson, MD, MS, FAAP, Director, Center
for Hearing and Communication Disorders, joined
American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology.
Mary Toth, MD, Division Director, Rheumatology,
was invited to be a panelist on the FDA Best
Pharmaceuticals for Children Act (BPCA)
for Rheumatology in 2012; Toth chaired the
subcommittee for uveitis pharmaceuticals and was on
the bone health subcommittee.
Nancy Wasserbauer, DO, joined the Ohio Newborn
Screening Committee for the addition of severe
combined immune deficiency disease.
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memorial and tribute gifts
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Akron Children’s Hospital
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Summit College Engineering and
Science Technology Department
Dr. David Russell
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Mr. and Mrs. Ken Stoneman
Nicholas Funfgeld
Medina County Health Department
Ms. Jane E. Gunkelman
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Lauren Ellen Gartner
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Dr. Hedy J. Jones
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McKayla Hoopes
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The Muransky Companies
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FirstEnergy Corporation
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Pride One Inc.
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American Endowment Foundation
Henry Bierce Company
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Akron, OH
Permit No. 202
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Developments, our electronic
newsletter, which features the
latest hospital news and links
to relevant podcasts and videos?
Scan the tag below or register
online at
calendar of events
Sunday, March 24- Saturday, May 11
Tuesday, May 7 – Friday, June 21
Rite Aid Stores CMN Balloon Campaign
Akron and Mahoning Valley locations
Walmart CMN Balloon Campaign
Akron and Mahoning Valley locations
Friday, April 5 – Friday, April 26
Circle K CMN Balloon Campaign
Akron and Mahoning Valley locations
Saturday, April 6
Kent State University Flash-a-thon
Student Recreation and Wellness Center
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16
“Purses are like Friends” luncheon
Fairlawn Country Club
11:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21
American Girl Fashion Show
Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown
Times Vary
Friday, May 10
Courage for Carina Wine Tasting
Sky View Lodge, Medina
7 p.m.
Friday, May 10
Hail to the Chefs
Lake Forest Country Club, Hudson
7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 14
Champions for our Valley’s Children
The Lake Club, Poland
5:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 16
Diamond Classic for Kids
Canal Park, Akron
6:35 p.m.
Thursday, May 30- Wednesday, June 26
Giant Eagle Register Campaign
Locations vary
Friday, April 26
An Evening on Wine and Wishes
Quaker Station
6 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4
For more information about these events or
how you can become a special event coordinator,
contact: JoAnn Stock, director of development
at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley,
at 330-746-9122 or Sara Lundenberger, special
events coordinator at Akron Children’s Hospital,
at 330-543-8037. For a complete listing of
all Akron Children’s Hospital events, visit
Champions for Children
Fairlawn Country Club
5:30 p.m.
June 6,7,10,11
Akron Children’s Hospital Atrium Lobby
Times Vary 5:30 p.m.
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