FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 8, 2021
Director of Corporate Communications
Building better health care for children
The growing demand for high-quality children’s health care is a vital concern for local families. It is for that reason that the Cafaro Foundation is presenting a gift of $250,000 to Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. This donation will fund the Major Resuscitation Room that is part of a $30 million expansion of the hospital’s Emergency Department.
“What is wonderful about Akron Children’s is the fact that it never turns away a child for any reason” said Phyllis Cafaro, a Trustee of the Cafaro Foundation. She added, “My love and attention for my own grandchildren makes it easy to understand that everyone feels the same about the children in their families. Everyone deserves the kind of care this hospital provides.”
Since the opening of the Akron Children’s Beeghly Campus in Boardman, Ohio in 2008, there have been over 348,000 visits to its Emergency Department. The department was originally designed for a capacity of 80 patients per day. At peak season, however, the staff is seeing as many as 200 patients per day. These growing patient volumes and changing technologies require significant re-design and expansion of this vital facility. This carefully planned redevelopment will allow the Emergency Department to minimize the time families wait to see a caregiver and greatly enhance the quality of care in a safe, comfortable environment.
The Cafaro Foundation is a charitable entity established by the Cafaro family in loving memory of William M. Cafaro, the founder of the real estate development and management company that bears his name. For over a half century, Mr. Cafaro, along with his wife Alyce and brother John A. Cafaro, enthusiastically supported churches, schools, hospitals and other charitable causes. Since its inception in 1996, the Cafaro Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in grants to worthy organizations and individuals.