Governance and Leadership
Servant leadership, the concept of serving the patient or serving those who do, is deeply embedded in the culture of Summa Health System and is the cornerstone of our mission, vision and values. This is what differentiates Summa Health System from others. Every employee is a servant leader, beginning with the executive leadership team.
President and Chief Executive Officer
President, Robinson Memorial Hospital, an affiliate of Summa Health System
President, Summa Barberton Hospital and Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital
System Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Thomas Malone, M.D.
President, Summa Hospitals to President, Summa Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals
System Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Robert Kent, D.O.
Chief Executive Officer, Summa Western Reserve Hospital
Unhee Kim, R.N.
System Vice President, Service Lines and Ancillary Services
Gus Kious, M.D.
President, Summa Physicians Inc.
System Vice President, Human Resources
System Vice President, Planning and Corporate Support
William Powel, III
System Vice President, Legal Services
President and Chief Development Officer, Summa Foundation
Ronald Suntken, Ed.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center
Lanie Ward, R.N.
System Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
Joseph Zarconi, M.D.
System Vice President, Medical Education, Chief Academic Officer
Erik Steele, D.O.
Chief Medical Officer, Summa Health System
The System Board of Directors is responsible for guiding Summa’s long-term success while maintaining a constant focus on clinical quality and the improved health of the populations we serve.
Each director is chosen based on his/her background, experience, skills and commitment to the mission of Summa Health System.
Norman Wells, Jr., Chair
James McIlvaine, Vice Chair
Thomas Strauss, President and CEO
Michael Hughes, M.D.
James Kravec, M.D.
R. Douglas Trochelman, M.D.
Vivian von Gruenigen, M.D.
For a complete listing of all entity boards, please see the Summa Health System 2012 annual report.