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July 2011

Center of Operations Excellence renamed to honor Mark Watson

Akron Children’s Hospital has named its Center for Operations Excellence (COE) after Mark Watson, who retired on July 1 with 45 years of service. The COE uses the principles of Lean Six Sigma to improve processes, eliminate waste, standardize work and bring a culture of continuous improvement to our growing hospital system. Watson created it in 2008 when he was chief operating officer. Learn more

State-of-the-art MRI arrives

Akron Children’s Hospital recently received a special delivery – a MAGNETOM Skyra 3 Tesla (3T) open bore MRI. The new MRI has the most powerful magnet available for clinical use and will be a great asset to our pediatric specialists in making confident, accurate diagnoses. This is the hospital's third MRI. Read more

House calls help out-of-town patients feel at home

Although physician house calls may be a thing of the past, Dr. Ananth Murthy, director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and several other departments, have resurrected them at Akron Children’s Hospital. Read more to learn about Dr. Murthy's special visits to the Ronald McDonald House. Learn about how palliative care and home care have integrated house calls into their patient care programs.

Study about Amish population's vaccine concerns published

A study led by Olivia K. Wenger, a pediatrician at the Akron Children's Hospital-Wooster office, revealed that the most common reason Amish parents don't immunize their children is because of concerns regarding the safety of vaccines, not religious beliefs. The full study was published in the July 2011 edition of Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Read more

Akron Children's Hospital
Calendar of Events
50th annual Harness Race Rally

Friday, August 12, 2011
Northfield Park
7 p.m.

Miracle Treat Day

August 11, 2011
Akron and Mahoning Valley Dairy Queen locations

More bagel for your buck

Panera Bread will donate $1 to Akron Children’s through the end of August for every $1 coupon redeemed with the purchase of a bagel pack. A bagel pack includes 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese. Print a coupon

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