Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley receives first distribution from Kikel Charitable Trust

Surgery center renamed in honor of the Kikel Sisters

Akron Children's Mahoning Valley receives distribution

The Kikel Center for Pediatric Surgery is the Mahoning Valley's only dedicated pediatric surgery center.


Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley received an initial distribution of $1,070,000 from the Kikel Charitable Trust and named the surgery center located at its Beeghly Campus in honor of the Kikel sisters.

Now known as the Kikel Center for Pediatric Surgery, the naming of the center will honor the generosity of the Kikel sisters and will provide permanent recognition of the commitment of Angela, Josephine and Jenny Kikel to the health of children of the Mahoning Valley.

The first distribution was officially presented to the hospital by Mr. James H. Sisek, President and CEO of Farmers Trust, trustee for the Kikel Charitable Trust. In making the presentation, Mr. Sisek said, “The three Kikel sisters were Trust clients for over 30 years. They always shared a deep concern for children. Through their estate plan, the Kikel Charitable Trust is pleased to assist Akron Children’s Hospital of the Mahoning Valley to provide high quality health care to children in the Valley in perpetuity. The Kikel’s generosity is truly a unique gift that will continue to give forever.”

Angela, Josephine and Jenny Kikel were three sisters who never married and lived together in Boardman. Although none of the Kikel sisters ever earned a significant amount of money, they lived modestly and through a combination of frugal living, savings, and fortuitous investments, they amassed a sizable estate.

The sisters died within one year of each other, and upon the death of the last sister, Angela, in 1998, the Kikel Charitable Trust was created to provide ongoing support to local hospitals that care for children.

In March, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley was named as the successor to Tod Children’s Hospital as residual beneficiary of one-half of the Kikel Trust. Each year, a portion of the trust will be distributed to the hospital for the support of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley programs and services.

“We are honored to carry on the wonderful legacy left by the Kikel sisters and this initial distribution of $1,070,000 will set a standard which will advance pediatric health care in the Valley. The ongoing support from the Kikel Charitable Trust, will allow us to provide the very best care to the children of the Mahoning Valley who we are so privileged to serve,” said Mr. William H. Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital. “We are deeply appreciative of the support of Mr. Sisek, and we value our partnership with Farmer’s Trust and their belief in our meaningful work,” he added.

Sharon Hrina, Akron Children’s vice president of Mahoning Valley Enterprises, said, “The expansion of our surgical services in the Mahoning Valley further represents our commitment to the community. It is only fitting that we name the center in honor of these three sisters who were so committed to the health care of the children of this community. With the legacy that they have left, we will continue to grow and expand and provide the very best care to the children and families of the Mahoning Valley.”

The Kikel Center for Pediatric Surgery, located on the Beeghly Campus in Boardman, is the area’s first and only dedicated pediatric surgery center.

About Farmers Trust

Farmers Trust Company, the only locally owned and operated Trust Company in the Mahoning Valley, began operations in 1996 in Youngstown, Ohio. Since then it has grown with client assets in excess of $1 billion dollars, 30 employees and offices in both Youngstown and Howland. The company maintains its own Administrative, Investment Operations, Tax and Employee Benefit Retirement Departments offering highly skilled and personal service to individuals, companies, and charitable entities throughout the area. Farmers Trust Company is a state chartered bank authorized by the State of Ohio Division of Financial Institutions to exclusively conduct a trust business. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Farmers National Banc Corp. Mr. James H. Sisek has been President and CEO since its inception and he attributes the success of the company to its dedicated officers and support staff.

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