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Infusion and Sedation Center

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

Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Troy Sands
Troy Sands, MD

Director, Pediatric Sedation Services; Pediatric Hospitalist


Tarun Bhalla, MD, MBA, FAAP

Chair, Anesthesia & Pain Medicine; Interim Director, Akron Children's Health Collaborative; Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Sophia Chen, MD

Pediatric Hospitalist

Samantha Gunkelman, MD

Co-Director, Residency Quality Improvement Program; Pediatric Hospitalist

Lindsay Harsey, DO

Co-Director, EBM, Journal Club and SPRS program; Pediatric Hospitalist

Nimisha Jain, MD, FAAP

Pediatric Hospitalist

Kathryn Mansel, MD, FAAP

Pediatric Hospitalist; Associate Pediatric Residency Program Director

James Nard, MD

Director, Hospital Medicine; Pediatric Hospitalist and Sedationist

Susan Nofziger, MD

Pediatric Hospitalist

Lauren Ousley, DO

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician

Brittany Potts, MD

Pediatric Hospitalist; Medical Director, Hospital Based Services; Associate Chair, Department of Pediatrics; Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Advanced Practice Providers

Hannah Rhodes, DO, FAAP

Pediatric Hospitalist

Zachary Rohrer, DO

Pediatric Hospitalist/Nocturnist

Lawrence Shaffer, MD, FAAP

Pediatric Hospitalist

Jeffrey Solomon, MD, FAAP, FACP

Pediatric Hospitalist

Wendy Van Ittersum, MD, FAAP

Medical Director, Patient and Staff Safety; Director, Pediatric Residency Simulation Program; Pediatric Hospitalist

Kenneth Wyatt, DO

Pediatric Hospitalist; Pediatric Clerkship Director

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Jonathan Baldridge, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Megan Dahlheimer, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Anna Hauenstein, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Amanda Hubay, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Amanda Pelligra, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Jackie Pressman, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Leah Rawdon, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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

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