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Innovation Center

Insights and creativity benefitting families and children

The Akron Children’s Hospital Innovation Center is your connection point to access the insights and creativity of our diverse and experienced workforce. We accelerate the development of successful products and services in the healthcare sector that benefit children and families.

We offer customized partnerships to support and collaborate with you at any stage of development, from early discovery and ideation through to piloting and market launch.  Our Innovation Center team, with its broad range of clinical, operational, and business backgrounds, will help you network deeply into every part of the organization that may offer value to your endeavor.

Working closely with our research institute, the Innovation Center is also responsible for propelling ideas and discoveries from across our organization towards positive impact on the health of and delivery of care to children, creating a steady pipeline of opportunities for industry partners and investors.  Our portfolio spans the domains of surgical instruments, medical devices, software tools, mobile apps, and aids for quality and process improvement.

Contact us at innovation@akronchildrens.org to get started!

Innovation Accelerator Program

The Akron Children’s Hospital Innovation Accelerator Program is an opportunity-generation platform intended to assist your company in developing and sustaining a rich collaboration with a leading pediatric healthcare system, to support your internal R&D/innovation process, and accelerate your company’s ability to introduce successful products and services that will improve the lives of children and families. This program is highlighted by proactive strategic coordination, internal awareness generation, annual company meeting, quarterly update calls, and a designated program coordinator.

Once membership in our program is complete, your organization will also have seamless and prioritized access to the following offerings: additional meetings, focus groups, think tanks, shadowing/observation, hospital 101 course, custom education, pilots/beta-testing, simulation center access, co-development opportunities and other custom project collaborations.

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Donating to our Innovation Fund supports the earliest stages of the innovation journey.

The activities supported with your donation include the formation of think tanks and other vehicles for generating ideas, and early prototyping and validation work to further define, develop, and de-risk these ideas. This leads to a steadier flow of more promising opportunities to have a game-changing positive impact in the lives of children and families. Donors receive invitations to special donor-only events to connect more richly with our innovation ecosystem.


Meet the Team:

Stefan Agamanolis, PhD Chief Innovation Officer
Mike Antochow, BSIE, MBA Operational Excellence & Innovation Leader
Meenu Bansal, MSN, RN, CPN Clinical Coordinator of Products and Technology, Center of Nursing Professional Practice; Innovation Strategist
Michael Deckard Business Development Manager, Innovation Center
Tammy Martin, MSN, RN Sr. Clinical Informatics Specialist, Information Services; Innovation Strategist
Anne Musitano, RPh, PharmD, LSSBB, MBOE Operational Excellence Administrative Director
Erica Whalen Innovation Center Coordinator

Innovation Council:

Our diverse Innovation Council helps shape the organization’s innovation activities and partnerships.


Stefan Agamanolis, PhD

Chief Innovation Officer


Tim DuFore

Senior Director, Development Operations


Jeff Hale, MBA

Vice President, Decision Support and Performance Management Systems


Michael Kelly, MD, PhD

Chief Research Officer


Shawn Lyden, JD

Chief Strategy Officer


Craig McGhee, MHA, FACHE

Chief of Non-Hospital Based Services (Ambulatory) Officer


Anne Musitano, RPh, PharmD, LSSBB, MBOE

Operational Excellence Administrative Director


Robert Parry, MD, FACS

Director, Pediatric General Surgery; Pediatric Surgeon


Anita Raghavan, MD, FAAP

Pediatric Hospitalist


Harun Rashid

Chief Information Officer


Todd Ritzman, MD

Interim Chair, Department of Pediatric Orthopedics; Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon


Beth Smith

Vice President, Public Relations and Marketing


Julie Tsirambidis, DNP, APRN-CNP

Director, Advanced Practice; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Michele Wilmoth, MSN, RN, LSN, NCSN

Director of Nursing, School Health Services

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