May 2012

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May 2012

A life changing journey

For six weeks this spring, Jeff Kempf, MD, director of Akron Children’s Center for Global Health and his wife, Ellen Kempf, MD, medical director of the Oak Adoptive Health Center, served as surrogate parents for two young boys from Haiti with congenital heart defects. Thanks to Akron Children’s and other benefactors, the boys were able to travel to Akron for their surgeries, and the Akron Beacon Journal followed the boys' journey. Read part one and part two

Akron Children's welcome new doctors
Oliver Soldes, MD, and Todd Ponsky, MD, recently joined Akron Children’s Pediatric General Surgery Center. Prior to coming to the hospital, Dr. Soldes served as co-director of minimally-invasive pediatric surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, while Dr. Ponsky served as director of the Center of Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery at University Hospitals’ Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospitals in Cleveland. Read more
Investing in Mahoning Valley's future
As part of Humility of Mary Health Partners' expansion, Akron Children's neonatal intensive care unit located at HMHP's Youngstown campus will relocate to St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center. This NICU, with an expected completion date of 2014, is owned and operated by Akron Children’s and the expansion represents another $7 million investment to our patient families in Mahoning Valley. Read more
Breakthrough diabetes treatment changes Taya’s life
Taya Arny was born with infant diabetes, which left her insulin dependent. Aware of a possible solution, Supamit Ukarapong, MD, an endocrinologist at Akron Children’s, sent her DNA to a registry at the University of Chicago where her genetic makeup qualified her for a treatment that replaced her insulin with a couple of pills. Learn more
Akron Children's Hospital
Calendar of Events
LOPen Charity Golf Outing
  Saturday, June 23 
Lake Forest Country Club
1 p.m.
More information
Art Therapy Open Studio
  Every Tuesday in June
Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center
1 - 3 p.m.
More information
Nurse’s research uses pictures when words fail
When Phyllis Mesko, RN, a staff nurse in Akron Children’s Post Anesthesia Care Unit, used picture communication aids with her non-verbal, autistic son and saw success, she realized these aids could help patients with communication and language barriers locate their pain. Phyllis received a research grant through Akron Children’s Nurse Scholar Program for her study. Learn more

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