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History

Summa Health is one of the largest Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems in the state. Formed in 1989 with the merger of Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals, this nonprofit system now encompasses a network of hospitals, community-based health centers, a health plan, a multi-specialty group practice, an accountable care organization, research and medical education, and a foundation.

We serve more than one million patients throughout our five-market region each year in comprehensive acute, critical, emergency, outpatient and long-term/home-care settings and represent more than 1,300 licensed inpatient beds at Summa Akron City Hospital, Summa Barberton Hospital, Summa St. Thomas Hospital, Western Reserve Hospital and Summa Rehab Hospital.

Summa Health is moving from being a hospital company, to becoming a population health management organization that delivers value-based healthcare to the communities we serve.

Today, we provide care to more than one million individuals across five northeast Ohio counties, cover nearly 150,000 lives through our health plan and are the largest employer in Summit County. Summa contributes $2.7 billion in business volume impact to the Ohio economy. With more than one million patients, and more than 9,000 employees – Summa Health is able to provide the highest quality, patient-centered and compassionate care for our communities.

Explore our history through the decades