In August 2011, the specialists at the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Center at Akron Children’s Hospital gave two patients a remarkable gift: the ability to hear for the first time ever using their new cochlear implants.
The implantation was a ground-breaking event for the children, their families and the hospital, as these were the first two successful implants performed at Akron Children’s.
For Anton Milo, MD, DDS, director of the ENT Center, it was a milestone he had dreamed of since the center first opened July 20, 2009.
“It’s a wonderful example of how we’re reaching the goals that we set when we first started – providing care that should be available to kids and families in our region,” said Milo.
Dr. Milo and his fellow specialists, Sam Albert, MD, and Marc Nelson, MD, helped 8,409 patients in 2011 with everything from ear infections and tonsillitis to more specialized services such as complex airway problems, head and neck tumors, congenital masses and others. Performing 2,320 surgeries in the center in 2011, the center has fast become a vital service to the hospital’s 28-county region.
Located in the Considine Professional Building on the Akron campus, the ENT Center is a one-stop shop for families, including numerous exam and treatment rooms, two audiology booths, radiology services, an endoscopy suite, a cochlear and hearing aid room and a service area where families can purchase and service hearing aids.
The center recently received $107,000 from the Timken Foundation in Canton to fund the purchase of additional equipment to support the development of a second video endoscopy examination/treatment room.
“We do everything here,” said Milo. “The goal was to make things as convenient as possible for parents so that all of their children’s ENT needs could be handled at one location.”
With the number of children visiting the center steadily on the rise, Dr. Milo expects the center to expand, leading him and the other physicians to ask “what’s next?” Dr. Milo anticipates several new developments at the center throughout the next several months and years:
The ENT Center is a component of Akron Children’s ENT division, which also includes the area’s private practice physicians who have been strong supporters of the hospital.
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