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$1 million gift given to Akron Children’s Hospital

Akron Children’s Hospital’s CEO emeritus William H. Considine was honored recently for his decades of service, but Considine, too, honored the hospital.

At an Oct. 12 gala at Akron’s Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Considine announced a gift from he and his wife, Becky, of $1 million to the hospital’s Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute to go toward establishing an endowed chair.

The couple donated $1 million to create the institute on his 30th anniversary 10 years ago.

In addition, Akron Children’s board of directors Chairman John Orr announced that $13.1 million was raised for the hospital in Considine’s honor over the past year.

“In looking back over his years of service at Akron Children’s, it’s hard to believe the transformation that has taken place since he came on board as CEO in 1979,” Orr said. “Akron Children’s has truly developed into a comprehensive, pediatric health care delivery system with a commanding regional presence and well-deserved reputation for world-class care. All of this was achieved through his ability to see something that needed to be done and his determination to find a way to do it.”

Considine was named CEO emeritus in October 2018, and since then has been working at the local, state and national levels to advocate for advancing the conversation on children’s health care. He is author of the quarterly “Considine Report” about child advocacy topics and also hosted a child advocacy summit in Akron in June that was attended by more than 200 people.

During his tenure as president and CEO, the hospital grew into one of the nation’s premier independent, integrated pediatric healthcare delivery systems. Akron Children’s now is a $1.7 billion enterprise with more than 6,000 employees. Its clinical staff provides care at more than 1 million patient encounters annually through two hospital campuses and a network of more than 50 primary care, urgent care and specialty care locations.

The system has a large presence in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.

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