Collect books and toys for Akron Children’s

Collect books and toys for Akron Children’s


From now through Dec. 21, Starbucks, Ghossain’s Gourmet Mediterranean Foods and Kraynak’s are accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys and books to be given to patients at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.

Businesses and participating locations include: Starbucks in Boardman, Austintown, Canfield, Niles and Hermitage, Pa.; Ghossain’s in Boardman, Canfield and Niles; and Kraynak’s in Hermitage.

For a list of most-needed toy items, visit Akron Children’s website at

Salem Regional gift shop plans open house


The Look Nook at Salem Regional Medical Center, 1995 E. State St., is hosting a special Holiday Customer Appreciation Day open house Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

New seasonal decor and apparel and discounts will be offered.

Hematologist/oncologist joins Akron Children’s


Megan Sampson, M.D., has joined Akron Children’s Hospital as a pediatric hematologist/oncologist in the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.

The program is one of only about a dozen pediatric cancer programs in the country verified by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

A graduate of Miami University of Ohio, Dr. Sampson received her doctorate in medicine from Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown.

Most recently, Sampson completed a pediatric bone-marrow transplant fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, which followed her pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship and pediatric residency at Akron Children’s.

New respiratory therapy program at OSU


The Ohio State University’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is offering a new master of respiratory therapy degree program, the first advanced practice clinical master’s degree for respiratory care in the nation.

Applications are being accepted for autumn 2019 for the two-year program will provide 47 credits.

Staff reports

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