Friday, 18 December 2015 22:15

Akron Children's Gets Training Money Out Of Fed Budget

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Akron Children's Hospital's mission isn't just to serve over 800,000 patients a year.

The hospital also needs to train pediatricians and specialists, and part of the recently passed federal budget will help keep that going.

The year-end spending bill includes $295 million for training nationwide. That's $30 million more than last year.

The money amount for the coming year is estimated to be at around $3.5 million to $5.5 million for Akron Children's Hospital.

Children's president and CEO Bill Considine says that the money won't fund all training, but will help make their program "top notch".

"We are always looking for support, so we can turn out the specialists that serve about 90 percent of the country," Considine tells WAKR.net. "Yet, we have not received federal dollars, so that's why this line item is so important to us."

Considine says about 20 years ago, Children's, which doesn't get Medicare money since it treates children, got a small fraction of the training funding those other hospitals received.

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