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Akron Children's Hospital Women's Board

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The Women’s Board of Akron Children’s Hospital helped form the hospital in 1890 and, more than 130 years later, continues to support both the hospital and surrounding communities. The Women’s Board consists of 75 active members, including five officers who also serve on the Hospital Board of Directors. 

Our mission: The Women’s Board is dedicated to the support, protection and welfare of children by working to enhance community involvement, increase advocacy and raise funds for Akron Children’s.

We accomplish our mission through:

  • Children’s Health Advocacy: Advocating, educating and promoting policies that have a positive impact on the health of children.
  • Hospital Liaison Activities: Supporting patients and families through hospital program participation and/or financial support.
  • Fundraising: Enhancing community relations and raising funds to support the hospital. This work is realized through events and onsite hospital gift shops. 

Through service, time and fundraising, we’re proud to help Akron Children’s continue to honor its original promises.

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Legislative Advocacy

Members of the Women’s Board play a vital role in advocating for the well-being of all children and have long served as trusted advocates in advancing the hospital mission at the local, state and federal levels of government. We have worked directly with Akron Children’s leaders and government relations staff to advocate for policy and funding initiatives within in Ohio’s State Operating Budget. Additionally, we have engaged with members of the Ohio General Assembly to advocate for projects funded through the Ohio State Capital Budget, including obtaining monies for the expansion of the hospital's inpatient behavioral health unit in Akron and the Mahoning Valley Emergency Department expansion project on the Beeghly Campus. The Women’s Board has also advocated for increased funding for Children’s Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) at the federal level. As a teaching hospital, Akron Children’s utilizes this funding to provide resident slots to train the next generation of physician and sub-specialist providers.

Home Safe Home

Since 1951, the Women’s Board celebrates Fire Safety Month with Akron Public School’s 2nd grade classrooms with an injury prevention and safety program. In addition to in-class training, students are given activity books to take home in the hopes they share what they learned with their families, particularly younger siblings. In 2019, volunteers visited 19 schools and 49 classrooms, reaching over 1,000 students. 

Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC) Support

Women's Board members make follow-up calls to patient families to ensure they are scheduled for recommended clinical care at the hospital and with outside groups best suited for their needs.

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The Women’s Board strives to be a caring contact that supports Akron Children’s by meeting needs within the hospital and in the greater community, including:

Vaccination and Testing Support

Our members helped with vaccines and administrative duties at Akron Children’s COVID-19 clinics and testing sites.

Garden of Hope and Healing

In 2008, the Women's Board dedicated the Children's Garden of Hope and Healing as an extension of the holistic, family-centered care provided at Akron Children’s.

Northern Ohio Charities Support

Since 1974, Women's Board members have worked with Northern Ohio Golf Charities and Foundation (NOGCF) volunteers to ensure the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship (previously the Bridgestone World Series of Golf) continues to be a part of the Akron community. Thanks to the Women Board’s long-standing support of this tournament, NOGCF provides Akron Children’s with annual support. 

Hospital Capital Improvements

Promise Campaign Pledge supporting the Kay Jewelers Pavilion • Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit • Outpatient Rehabilitation Renovation • The Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic • Expressive Art Therapy Center • WKDD “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon at Akron Children’s Hospital • Telemedicine Program • Psychiatric Intake Response and Emergency Department • Palliative Care Center (ongoing support in various areas) • Burn Center (cleansing bathtubs) • Family Child Learning Center (hearing aids) • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit • Transport Isolette • Giraffe Omni Beds

Hospital Programs and Liaison Activities

Story of Hope beads program • The Annual Fund • Women’s Board Dedicated Fund • Doggie Brigade Registrations • Pinkie the Puppet (retired) • Barkers (our new comfort pet)

Service and Support

Reach Out and Read programs (providing books for all Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatric offices) • Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) instructional materials • Toy Fund

The Women’s Board serves the hospital and surrounding community by raising funds through a number of special events:

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Celebrate the Plate - A Night of 100 Dinners

Host an event for Celebrate the Plate in support of Akron Children's

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Children's Tree of Lights

Perkins Square Park at Akron Children’s sparkles each holiday season when the Children’s Tree of Lights is illuminated

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Charity Ball

One of Akron’s oldest traditions, the Charity Ball recognizes and honors local families for their commitment to the Akron community.

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Garden of Hope and Healing Plant Sale

Proceeds from our annual plant sale help maintain the garden for families and visitors.

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In 1956, the Women’s Board founded the first Gift Shop at the hospital to support families and staff. At the time, the cash register was a metal box.

Today, the Women’s Board runs all aspects of the original Gift Shop in the hospital’s Atrium Lobby and an online team shop.

Gift Shop volunteers can help customers - in person or by phone - select the best gift from an array of toys, books, jewelry, flowers, balloons and custom gift baskets. Please call 330-543-8782 on our Akron campus, and 330-746-9578 on our Beeghly campus for assistance. 

All proceeds from the Gift Shop benefit Akron Children’s Hospital. 

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The Women's Board of Akron Children's Hospital has a proud history of serving patients and families of the greater Akron community and we remain focused on supporting future generations. For more information about the Women's Board or to get involved, please contact us.

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