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Akron Children’s again earns Plain Dealer Top Workplaces honors

Dr. Michael Forbes, a pediatric intensive care specialist

06-15-2018 (Ohio)

Akron Children’s Hospital has been awarded Top Workplaces recognition by the Cleveland Plain Dealer for the fourth year in a row. The Top Workplaces honor is based solely on employee feedback through a survey administered by Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture such as alignment, execution and connection.

Of the 3,158 Akron Children’s employees who received the 2018 Energage survey, 2,239 (71 percent) completed the questionnaire.

“Akron Children's Hospital is honored to be recognized as one of the Top Workplaces again this year, said Grace Wakulchik, president of Akron Children’s Hospital. “Our employees have always been at the heart of making our hospital a great place to work through their commitment to our mission of improving the health of children. Our leadership team continues to be overwhelmed by their extraordinary passion for doing all they can to ensure a bright future for the children, families and communities we serve.

“Knowing that this award is based on employee feedback makes this honor even more gratifying.” Wakulchik said. “While our organization has grown significantly in recent years, we strive to make this a place where employees continue to feel valued and respected.”kad

“The Top Workplaces award is more than recognition,” said Energage CEO Doug Claffey. “Our research shows organizations that earn this award attract better talent, experience lower turnover and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.

“Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” he added. “It’s an achievement they have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage.”

The Plain Dealer published the complete list of Top Workplaces on June 17. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and Workplace Dynamics, please visit