Retiring Akron Children’s CEO Grace Wakulchik to travel, see grandkids

After more than 42 years in health care and nearly 30 years at Akron Children’s Hospital, retiring President and CEO Grace Wakulchik is ready for her next chapter. 

Akron Children's Hospital President and CEO Grace Wakulchik is retiring after nearly 30 years with the hospital.

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That includes moving closer to one daughter in Lakewood and traveling to see her other four kids and grandchildren. 

“It’s been a really a great opportunity to participate and work in a career where you feel like you can make a difference every day in the lives of kids and families that you serve,” Wakulchik, 65, said.  

Akron Children’s was recently ranked the No. 16 pediatric hospital in the world in a new Newsweek ranking of World’s Best Specialized Hospitals, which is a huge accomplishment, Wakulchik said.