Akron Children’s Hospital recently received $1.2 million to create an endowed chair for its pediatric palliative care services.
As the founder and medical director of the Akron Children’s Hospital’s Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center, Sarah Friebert, MD, will be the first chair holder, and the chair will be named in her honor.
Made possible by donations from the Haslinger Family Foundation and other leadership gifts, the Sarah Elizabeth Friebert, MD Leadership Chair in Pediatric Palliative Care is believed to be the first endowed chair of its kind in the United States.
"We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Haslinger Family Foundation and our other donors for making this possible,” said Akron Children’s Hospital CEO and President William Considine. “Their gifts provide a solid foundation for the enrichment of our pediatric palliative care services.”
The endowed chair will distribute assets in perpetuity and provide vital funds for the support of palliative care’s clinical, educational and research activities.
Founded by Dr. Friebert in 2002, the physicians, clinicians and volunteers at the Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center work with children and their families to enhance quality of life and minimize suffering for patients with chronic or complex illnesses. The center is one of the largest pediatric palliative care programs in the U.S. and is nationally recognized as a model for other such centers.
“Dr. Friebert has made an unparalleled commitment to the patients and families at Akron Children’s,” said Considine. “Her innovative leadership here and nationally has grown this important area of pediatric care so families are cared for when they are most in need.”
Dr. Friebert has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious 2009 Children’s Miracle Network Achievement Award and she also holds leadership positions on more than 15 national boards and committees focused on the advancement of pediatric palliative care initiatives.
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