Dr. Bailey Young is the newest physician to join the pulmonology team at Akron Children’s. She will treat patients with cystic fibrosis, asthma, trach/vent patients and other medical conditions with a pulmonary focus.
“My brother was born with Spina Bifida,” shares Dr. Bailey, “life at home is different than when a patient is treated inside the walls of the hospital. This gives me more of an understanding for the family of someone with a chronic condition.”
“We all have good and bad days. I do not know what my patient, their parents or family members may have experienced before my interaction with them,” said Dr. Bailey.
Keeping this perspective, Dr. Bailey realizes that completing a task at home may take improvising or a few extra steps than it did with a care team. She looks forward to setting an example for the next generation of pediatric physicians, teaching when possible, and leading by example.
“Life is an amazing experience, no matter what each day looks like,” said Dr. Bailey.
What led you to pediatric medicine?
I love pediatric care because of how innocent children are. They want to feel better and being able to do that is an honor. It is a privilege to take care a child as well as their family. Family is such a critical role in each of my patients’ life.
How did you choose your specialty?
I fell in love with pulmonary when I was in residency. I love the continuity that takes place with patients and the relationships that can be built over the years. As a resident working in inpatient care, I met pulmonary patients, their families, and pulmonary attendings that touched my life. I believe they are part of the reason I am in this role today.
How do you deal with the emotional impact of being a provider?
This is constantly changing in each stage of my life. I love being in nature. A walk in the park or outside watching a sunset helps me re-center. I decompress by spending time with my family, reading books, or working on house improvements. I cannot forget the love from my dogs as sometimes going to cuddle with them can make a bad day better.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up near Greenville, South Carolina, in the city of Piedmont. My family still resides there. When anyone meets me, they’ll know from my southern accent.
Who makes up your family, including pets and their names?
I recently married over the summer to my husband, Chad. We have two fur babies, Danni and Sig.
What do you do when you are not working?
Home renovation takes up a good bit of my time outside of work. Overall, renovation has been a fun project. I also enjoy trying new restaurants, breweries and exploring new cities and parks. Some days though, you may find me on my porch swing enjoying a cup of coffee and just relaxing with my husband.
What achievements are you most proud of?
I was given a nursing award while in residency for a resident who the nursing team thought went above and beyond for the staff and patients. I will always be proud that they felt I was deserving.
What is the last adventure you went on?
I like to think of adventures in two categories: small and local or big and international. I went to Headlands and Edgewater beach during a recent, local adventure. The pups loved the sand and lake. For my big adventure, we traveled to the island of St Lucia for our honeymoon to soak up the sun and beach time.