Investing in community

Akron Children’s Hospital is committed to improving quality of life for all

Akron Children’s Hospital was founded on the principle of community service. Our mission rapidly expanded from providing daycare to medical care based on the recognition of an unmet critical need.

Since 1890, we’ve kept our promise of caring for children thanks to our dedicated staff and the philanthropic support we receive. But, our mission extends well beyond our hospital walls.

As a community-governed organization, we understand that for children to reach their full potential they must have access to safe housing, schools and neighborhoods supported by a strong economy.

That’s why we believe so strongly in our responsibility to invest in our communities and collaborate with the government entities, nonprofit agencies, educational organizations and corporate partners that share our vision for Northeast Ohio.

Investing in the future

As this region experiences exciting growth and economic development, Akron Children’s is participating in a variety of efforts to rebuild and revitalize the places we call home.

These community-building efforts align with our strategic mission to improve access to pediatric health care, support education and training, advance medical science, promote community service and advocate for children on issues affecting their health and well-being.

There are many areas where our mission-based activities intersect with regional economic development goals. One such example is a new partnership with Akron Public Schools to provide experiential learning for high school students. By providing funding and in-kind services for the new Akron Children’s Hospital Academy of Health and Human Services established at North High School, we’re helping to ensure students graduate with the workforce skills needed by employers.

Another great example is through our partnership with the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series and the other sponsors that share our enthusiasm to showcase our city to the runners and spectators who bring so much energy to this world-class marathon.

Creating opportunity

Our Akron and Beeghly campus transformations continue to drive economic growth and infrastructure upgrades. In Akron, our $180 million Kay Jewelers Pavilion opened in 2015, and construction is well underway on an $84 million addition to our Considine Professional Building to house outpatient services. The hospital is also supporting the Ronald McDonald House expansion, set to open to patient families in early 2018.

As our Akron campus grows, we are also working with city officials to ensure infrastructure improvement projects are progressing. We’re deeply committed to our shared goals of creating a vibrant urban environment that will attract new residents and businesses.

In the Mahoning Valley, we just opened a $20 million expansion on our campus in Boardman that builds on the investments we’ve made to improve access to pediatric healthcare in Mahoning Valley communities. We all benefit from this synergy and the enhanced quality of life it brings to families.

There is much happening in the world today that is causing concern among people. I believe it is important to remember that sustainable, meaningful growth is rooted in values and mission.

Success cannot be judged solely on the bottom line. How well you care for your people and your community better reflects the true measure of your organization’s worth.

William Considine has served as CEO at Akron Children’s Hospital since 1979. He has dedicated his career and personal life to improving pediatric care and the quality of life for children and families.