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Akron Children’s Hospital honors patients on new building with #graffitiproject (Photo gallery)


Akron Children’s Hospital launched its Graffiti Project to honor current and former patients on the new medical building currently under construction on the Akron campus.

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Construction crews are spray painting the patient names in 24-inch-high stenciled letters on the concrete beams of the new building.

The hospital kicked off the project yesterday with a reception that included hospital leadership, board members, donors and families of the first 24 patients to have their names painted on the building.

“We’ve asked Akron Children’s Hospital employees and doctors to nominate their current and former patients,” said Katy Berger, donor relations coordinator for Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Through February, the names of 200 patients will be spray-painted on floors 3 through 7 of the concrete facades facing E. Exchange Street and Perkins Square Park.

The construction crew has been using 15-inch-high stencils, and spray painting a few names at a time, as their schedules allow.

A 6-person committee decides which names are stenciled on the building.

Following the first 24 names, patients’ names are being added to the building in alphabetical order.

As construction continues, the names will be covered up by the exterior of the building.

“Once the project ends in late spring, everyone honored on the building will get a commemorative photo of their name in a frame,” said Berger.

See the list of names that have already been painted on the building.