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Infusion and Sedation Center

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The Infusion and Sedation Center at Akron Children’s Hospital provides two distinct services. Our sedation services are provided for children that need to hold still for a test or procedure and involves a sedation medication to help children relax. Infusion is an outpatient procedure providing IV therapy for children and young adults to treat a variety of conditions.

Our Doctors/Providers

Troy Sands
Troy Sands, MD

Director, Pediatric Sedation Services; Pediatric Hospitalist

Corrie Stofcho
Corrie Stofcho, MD, FAAP

Director, Pediatric Infusion Services; Pediatric Hospitalist

Tarun Bhalla
Tarun Bhalla, MD, MBA, FAAP

Chair, Anesthesia & Pain Medicine; Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Sophia Chen
Sophia Chen, MD

Pediatric Hospitalist

Megan Dahlheimer
Megan Dahlheimer, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Carly Dulabon
Carly Dulabon, MD

Pediatric Hospitalist

LeRoy Eberly
LeRoy Eberly, MD

Director, Hospital Medicine at Akron Children's Hospital Beeghly Campus; Pediatric Hospitalist

Samantha Gunkelman
Samantha Gunkelman, MD

Co-Director, Residency Quality Improvement Program; Pediatric Hospitalist

Lindsay Harsey
Lindsay Harsey, DO

Co-Director, EBM and Journal Club; Pediatric Hospitalist

Anna Hauenstein
Anna Hauenstein, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Amanda Hubay
Amanda Hubay, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Nimisha Jain
Nimisha Jain, MD

Pediatric Hospitalist

Kathryn Mansel
Kathryn Mansel, MD, FAAP

Associate Pediatric Residency Program Director, Hospital Medicine; Co-Director, EBM and Journal Club; Pediatric Hospitalist

James Nard
James Nard, MD

Director, Hospital Medicine; Pediatric Hospitalist

Susan Nofziger
Susan Nofziger, MD

Pediatric Clerkship Director; Pediatric Hospitalist

Lauren Ousley
Lauren Ousley, DO

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician

Amanda Pelligra
Amanda Pelligra, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Brittany Potts
Brittany Potts, MD

Pediatric Global Health Physician; Pediatric Hospitalist

Jackie Pressman
Jackie Pressman, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Leah Rawdon
Leah Rawdon, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Hannah Rhodes
Hannah Rhodes, DO

Pediatric Hospitalist

Zachary Rohrer
Zachary Rohrer, DO

Pediatric Hospitalist/Nocturnist

Lawrence Shaffer
Lawrence Shaffer, MD, FAAP

Pediatric Hospitalist

Jeffrey Solomon
Jeffrey Solomon, MD, FAAP, FACP

Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship; Pediatric Hospitalist

Wendy Van Ittersum
Wendy Van Ittersum, MD, FAAP

Director, Pediatric Residency Simulation Program; Pediatric Hospitalist

Kenneth Wyatt
Kenneth Wyatt, DO

Pediatric Hospitalist


Infusion Center

The Infusion Center offers a comfortable, convenient, patient centered environment to receive intravenous infusions by specially-trained pediatric nurses. Infusion therapy is administered to pediatric patients who require one-time or ongoing IV therapy for a variety of acute and chronic illnesses.  Some therapies available:

  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Biologics for treatment of arthritis and Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Biosphosphonates (therapies to enhance bone density)
  • Blood product transfusions
  • Intramuscular and subcutaneous injections
  • Iron therapy
  • IV fluid hydration
  • Immune globulins
  • IV steroids
  • Mediport maintenance
  • Monitoring of first dose medications for patients at high risk due to allergies


Sedation is a safe way to keep children comfortable during a short, painful procedure or a long test that requires them to stay perfectly still. This includes:

  • Radiology exams such as MRI, CAT scans, ultrasound, and nuclear medicine studies.
  • Botox injections and nerve blocks to improve spasticity
  • Lumbar punctures to collect and examine the fluid around the brain and spinal cord
  • Biopsies to obtain tissue samples
  • Hearing tests (brain stem evoked response tests)
  • Removal of sutures or stitches
  • Interventional radiology procedures
  • Oncology procedures (bone marrow aspiration and biopsy)
  • Dental procedures
  • Joint injections