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Akron Children's again earns Top Workplaces recognition

06-20-2016 (Akron, Mahoning Valley, Ohio )

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has once again selected Akron Children’s Hospital as one of the Top Workplaces in Northeast Ohio in 2016. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm specializing in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution, and connection.

Of the 2458 Akron Children’s employees who received the Workplace Dynamics 2016 survey, 1866 (76 percent) completed the questionnaire. 

Walt Schwoeble, vice president for human resources, said 2015 was an extraordinary year for Akron Children’s. “In addition to celebrating our 125th anniversary, we opened our beautiful new Kay Jewelers Pavilion for our neonatal, outpatient surgery and emergency services – and we welcomed 965 new employees.

“Through all the growth and change, our employees remained steadfast in their commitment to our mission and our promise to treat every child as we would our own.”

Schwoeble said being recognized as a Top Workplace again this year is extremely gratifying. “Our leadership team continues to be awed by our employees’ desire to do all they can to ensure a bright future for the children and families we serve,” he said. “We are honored to know that these amazing employees believe Akron Children’s is a place where they are respected and rewarded – and where they can continue to develop their skills while making an impact on the lives of others.”

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “To be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees.

“Our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together. Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

The Plain Dealer published the complete list of Top Workplaces on June 19. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and Workplace Dynamics, please visit and