The Employee Foundation Council at Akron Children’s Hospital has presented John Pope, MD, with its Distinguished Service Award for 2013.
Dr. Pope is associate director of Akron Children’s pediatric intensive care unit.
The EFC Distinguished Service Award was established in 1979 to recognize the contributions of the hospital’s then chief executive officer Roger Sherman, and has since been awarded every year to an employee who demonstrates exemplary leadership, loyalty, dedication and service. Honorees are nominated by fellow employees and voted upon by EFC.
“It’s challenging to work in the PICU, and yet, it is rewarding to take care of kids who bounce back and do well,” Dr. Pope said. “I work with a great team every day. We all play a significant role in the patient’s care – doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers. It is a team effort to have a successful outcome.”
In addition to his long service in the PICU, Dr. Pope is known for his many other contributions to the hospital, such as serving on Akron Children’s Ethics Committee and volunteering each summer at Fresh Air Camp, for children who have respiratory issues and are on ventilators. He has also served as a volunteer at Dreamnight, an annual event at the Akron Zoo for patients with special needs and their families.
Since Haiti had its major earthquake in 2010, Dr. Pope has traveled five times to Port-au-Prince to volunteer at St. Damien’s Hospital, and to help educate its medical staff.
“John is approachable, respectful, responsible and empowering,” said Bill Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital. “He is a leader, makes people feel wonderful, is trustworthy as a caregiver and goes beyond the call of caring for patients.”
Dr. Pope, who grew up in Cleveland, became interested in becoming a doctor by listening to the stories of his grandmother, a pediatric nurse, and a neighbor who was a doctor.
After medical school at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Pope did his pediatrics residency at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. His training continued with a pediatric pharmacology fellowship at the University of Virginia Hospitals and a pediatric critical care fellowship at Rainbow Babies. He has been with Akron Children’s 15 years.
Dr. Pope and his wife, Sharon, reside in Hudson. They have two adult sons.
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