In Their Words

In Their Words

Our staff offer their thoughts on features that add to the experience of working at Akron Children's Hospital, and living in northeast Ohio, including parks, restaurants, shopping areas and other attractions. Click here to see the top 10 reasons by category.

 

Northeast Ohio offers a family-friendly environment that has a very low cost of living. The sports, natural attractions, theater and other amenities make it a great place to live. - Gregory Omlor, MD, Sleep Center

You only have to drive 10 to 15 minutes from anywhere to get to a metropark and have access to bike and hike trails, as well as play areas for children. - Stephanie Savelli, MD, Hematology/Oncology

There is nothing prettier than the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in the fall. - Michael Bigham, MD, Critical Care

First and Main in Hudson is quaint, yet always bustling with activity. The stores are vintage and there's a nice mix of restaurants. - Stephanie Savelli, MD, Hematology/Oncology

The Summit County Metroparks are all beautiful and easily accessible throughout the area. My husband and I enjoy the "hiking sprees" they offer in the spring and fall. - Catherine Ward-Melver, MD, Genetics

Ken Stewart's Grill has a wide variety of offerings, eclectic menu combinations, and superb service. - Jeffrey Hord, MD, Hematology/Oncology

Bricco's in downtown Akron has great appetizers and entrees, a superior wine list and reasonable prices. - Amy Stanford, MSN, CNP, Sports Medicine

Listing one favorite (restaurant) would be like a mother saying one of her children is her favorite. We like Ken Stewart's Grill, Tre Belle, Papa Joe's, Luigi's, Rosewood Grill and The River Brasserie. - Gregory Omlor, MD, Sleep Center

Crave is close to work and offers reasonably-priced exotic cuisine, as well as a twist on American staples. - Nneka Holder, MD, Adolescent Medicine

Beau's Grille has a nice atmosphere for a moderately fancy dinner, and a good range of choices on the menu. The prices are not too bad - especially since they offer smaller portions for many of the entrees. - Catherine Ward-Melver, MD, Genetics

The greatest strength of Akron Children's is that everything is done with the care of the patient in mind. - Gregory Omlor, MD, Sleep Center

I was attracted to Akron Children's Hospital by the friendly atmosphere and the fact that everyone's focus is on expanding and enhancing the services we offer. - Jeffrey Hord, MD, Hematology/Oncology

The greatest strength of Akron Children's Hospital is the great support of the community, and the great confidence of the parents of this region. - Joseph Congeni, MD, Sports Medicine

The facilities at Akron Children's Hospital are excellent, near the top - by any measure - locally, regionally and nationally. - Joseph Congeni, MD, Sports Medicine

Akron Children's has an increasingly diverse staff that is friendly and supportive. - Sumru Bilge-Johnson, MD, Pediatric Psychiatry

I think this is an organization that is dedicated to the care of children. The mission, history and focus is on the care of kids, their problems, and to be able to do it in a family-centered environment. - Philip Smith, MD, PhD, The Heart Center

As the only free standing children's hospital in northeast Ohio, it's such an asset to have everyone and everything dedicated to the care of children. - Stephanie Savelli, MD, Hematology/Oncology

As a child psychiatrist, Akron Children's Hospital has provided me with the chance to teach fellows, residents and students, as well as great opportunities to collaborate with other pediatric specialists. - Sumru Bilge-Johnson, MD, Pediatric Psychiatry

The ability to put an interdisciplinary program like The Heart Center together is not intuitive. The leadership of Akron Children's Hospital understood what we wanted to do and gave us the latitude and the resources in order to do it. - Philip Smith, MD, PhD, The Heart Center

We have a medical staff with a high degree of professionalism that works in a collaborative way with good communications within a system that makes sure nothing is overlooked. - Philip Smith, MD, PhD, The Heart Center

Akron Children's has a long-standing and continued public commitment to providing quality care for kids. - Amy Stanford, MSN, CNP, Sports Medicine

We've grown dramatically from a pediatric medical center with a 16-county service area to one of the dominant providers in northeast Ohio. - Philip Smith, MD, PhD, The Heart Center

The culture of Akron Children's Hospital is one of cooperation. Clinical care clearly takes precedent, but research is a growing focus for the organization. - Michael Bigham, MD, Critical Care

Akron Children's Hospital is a growing institution, with a nice potential for expansion in both clinical and research programs. - Michael Bigham, MD, Critical Care

I was attracted to Akron Children's Hospital by a combination of two things: The opportunity to practice in a high acuity, growing clinical environment balanced with a genuine commitment by faculty and staff to deliver a personal level of care. - Michael Bigham, MD, Critical Care

The clinical research infrastructure at Akron Children's Hospital is one that understands that the research function runs parallel with the clinicians providing their high level of clinical services. - Michael Reed, PharmD, FCCP, FCP

Akron Children's Hospital is a major regional referral medical center that draws patients from urban, suburban and rural environments, making it a superb location to conduct clinical research. - Michael Reed, PharmD, FCCP, FCP

When I was recruited to join the Division of Adolescent Medicine, it was already well ahead of similar departments at other children's hospitals. It has only grown since then. - Nneka Holder, MD, Adolescent Medicine

It's easy for me to live here and to work and still be able to meet my obligations as a parent. If I need to make it to the school play, there's always a way for me to do it. - Philip Smith, MD, PhD, The Heart Center

The culture at Akron Children's Hospital is vibrant and friendly - a nice mix of experienced physicians and younger doctors closer to my age. - Catherine Ward-Melver, MD, Center for Genetics and Metabolism

I did my residency at Akron Children's and it continues to grow in both size and stature. - William Schrader, MD, Orthopedics

Akron and its suburbs are a nice, affordable area and a great place to raise children with good school systems and lots to do, especially outdoors. - Stephanie Savelli, MD, Hematology/Oncology

Northeast Ohio is a great place to raise families, offering low housing costs, excellent schools and easy access to numerous airports. - William Schrader, MD, Orthopedics


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