AKRON, Ohio (March 1, 2016) – A newly-created endowed chair in pediatric cardiac surgery was made possible through a $1 million donation from an anonymous grateful family who received treatment at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Philip Smith, MD, PhD, clinical director of the Heart Center at Akron Children’s, has been named the inaugural Sunrise Chair in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery.
“I’m looking forward to seeing our patient families and staff benefit from the generosity of the grateful family who made this possible.” said Smith. “This endowed chair will enable us to further our work in cardiovascular surgery, and I’m humbled by the honor.”
The name of the Sunrise Chair in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery comes from the patient family’s personal experience while their loved one received treatment at Akron Children’s Hospital. The donor, who has worked in healthcare, said that oftentimes, his patients would experience difficulty during the night, but at sunrise, their health would improve. The donor’s loved one shared a similar experience while at Akron Children’s.
As chair holder, Dr. Smith will use the income of the fund for clinical care of patients and families, research, program creation, education and other initiatives in the Heart Center. In 2015, Akron Children’s performed 113 pediatric cardiac surgeries.
“Akron Children's is fortunate to receive philanthropic support from many grateful families,” said Bill Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital. “As a result of their time spent at the hospital, these families see first-hand how their donations can help other patients and families.”
Akron Children's Heart Center provides specialized services for children, teens and adults with heart problems, such as congenital heart disease, irregular heartbeats, and high cholesterol. Its cardiologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat these problems as children grow into adults. Last year, Akron Children’s and the Cleveland Clinic entered an affiliation agreement to align their pediatric and adult congenital heart surgery programs and their adult congenital cardiology services.
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