Beeghly family gives $1M gift to Akron Children’s Hospital
By Sean Barron
Bruce and Nancy Beeghly aren’t shy about expressing their pride in the care, compassion and services Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley continues to provide for youngsters and their families.
The philanthropic couple also is pleased with the pediatric hospital’s growth and expansion – both of which received a major boost, courtesy of a $1 million legacy gift they have left for the facility.
“The hospital is going into its 10th year,” Bruce Beeghly said during a ceremony Wednesday evening to celebrate ACH’s ninth anniversary and receiving of the gift. “The progress it’s made over nine years has really been amazing, not only because of the amount of services added, but because of the added facilities.”
The celebratory gathering at Akron Children’s, 6505 Market St., also was in conjunction with a tree-lighting ceremony in which the Beeghlys joined several youngsters for the inaugural lighting of the outdoor Christmas tree.
Another main thrust behind the endowment gift was to ensure ACH is better able to stay up to date with its offerings and equipment, added Bruce Beeghly, president and chief executive officer of Altronic Inc. in Girard and a former Youngstown State University Foundation trustee.
The hospital is close to his heart also because it sits on the site of the former Beeghly homestead, which his grandparents, Leon and Mabel Beeghly, established in 1922. The residence, known as “Sunlawn,” was the family home for several generations, and it was donated to the Youngstown Hospital Association in 1965.
“We are grateful for the Beeghly family’s generosity, and humbled knowing that what was once their home is the home of the area’s only pediatric hospital,” said JoAnn Stock, ACH’s senior director of development.
ACH’s latest expansion was the opening of a 51,000-square-foot building in July on the property, which has provided care to more than 13,000 children since its inception, noted Sharon Hrina, the hospital’s vice president.
“The No. 1 goal is to provide services for children that are close to home,” Hrina said, adding a new 4,800-square-foot pediatric primary-care office is to open later this month in Lisbon.
Beyond the facilities and technology that have been mainstays of the hospital’s growth, the $1 million gift will allow ACH to continue to offer top-of-the-line services for children into the foreseeable future, said Grace Wakulchik, ACH president.
“This endowment gift will ensure that generations of children and families from the Mahoning Valley will continue to receive the care that they need for years to come,” Wakulchik continued.
“I know Bruce’s grandparents would be so thrilled that this pediatric hospital for children is here,” Nancy Beeghly added.
The festivities also included an early holiday visit from Santa Claus, along with crafts and other family-friendly activities.