William H. Considine
President and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital
William H. Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital for 37 years, has dedicated both his career and personal life to improving pediatric care and the quality of life of children and families. He is one of the longest-tenured hospital chief executives in the country and is an internationally known advocate for issues affecting children’s health and well-being. He is widely consulted by policymakers in Columbus and Washington, D.C., and he has served on the boards of many healthcare, educational and cultural organizations.
Under his leadership, the hospital has grown into one of the nation’s premier independent, integrated pediatric healthcare delivery systems. Akron Children’s today is a $1 billion enterprise with over 5,000 employees. Its clinical staff provides care at nearly 850,000 patient visits annually through programs at two hospital campuses and a large network of primary, urgent care and specialty care locations. The system also comprises a pediatric home care company, captive insurance entity, school health business and charitable foundation.
Considine is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a past chairman of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions and served as a member of its Council on Child Advocacy. He served as chairman of the Child Health Corporation of America and was a member of the American Hospital Association’s Maternal Child Health Governing Council. He is a member of the Children’s Hospital Association, and he currently serves as chairman of the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association. He is a past chairman of the Children’s Miracle Network Board and served on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Health Care Payment Innovation, as well as the Ohio Hospital Association’s Task Force on Healthcare Transformation.
In 2009, Considine was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Ohio Business Roundtable, chairman of the Austen Biolnnovation Institute in Akron and was appointed to the Board of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in 2011. Considine continues to serve on the boards of numerous Akron-area community organizations and has been honored by many of these, including the American Lung Association, March of Dimes, Mental Health Association of Summit County, Akron Public Schools and many others. In 2011, the Akron Community Foundation presented him with the Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award in recognition of his many years of community service. In 2014, both the United Way and Akron Children’s Hospital presented Considine with their Distinguished Service Awards.
Considine has been honored by his high school alma mater, Archbishop Hoban High School, as well as the University of Akron, where he received his undergraduate degree in 1969 and The Ohio State University College of Public Health where he received his master’s degree in 1971. He served as a lieutenant in the United States Public Health Service and holds a master’s degree in health science administration from The Ohio State University. He has received two honorary degrees: a doctorate in humane letters from The University of Akron and a doctor of science (honoris causa) from Northeast Ohio Medical University.
Throughout his entire career in healthcare, he has embraced the philosophy of servant leadership. He has consistently been a proactive voice for children, a trusted mentor, exemplary role model and engaging storyteller. Akron Children’s Hospital has a proud 125-year history of caring for children, and the hospital’s mission of service has thrived under his guidance.
Considine lives in Akron with Rebecca, his wife of 45 years. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.