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Infusion and Sedation Center

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.

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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Troy Sands
Troy Sands, MD

Director, Pediatric Sedation Services; Pediatric Hospitalist

Corrie Stofcho
Corrie Stofcho, MD, FAAP

Director, Pediatric Infusion Services; Pediatric Hospitalist

Physicians/Providers:

Tarun Bhalla, MD, MBA, FAAP

Chair, Anesthesia & Pain Medicine; Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Sophia Chen, MD

Pediatric Hospitalist

Carly Dulabon, MD

Pediatric Hospitalist

LeRoy Eberly, MD

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

Samantha Gunkelman, MD

Co-Director, Residency Quality Improvement Program; Pediatric Hospitalist

Lindsay Harsey, DO

Co-Director, EBM and Journal Club; Pediatric Hospitalist

Nimisha Jain, MD, FAAP

Pediatric Hospitalist

Kathryn Mansel, MD, FAAP

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

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

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

Resources

https://www.akronchildrens.org/files/COVID-Inforgraphic.html

What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Masking and Other Safety Protocols

Akron Children’s has a number of safety protocols in place for our patients and visitors in order to provide a safe hospital environment.

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

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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