Awards and Recognition
Ranked above the rest
Summa Health System is consistently ranked one of the best healthcare providers in the country, as well as one of the best workplaces. The awards and recognition received by such prestigious organizations as the following continue to reflect our commitment to providing the highest quality and most compassionate care to our patients:
Summa Health System is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report
Summa Health System, Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals, have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top-performing hospitals in the country. We are ranked nationally in the specialties of endocrinology (diabetes care) and gastroenterology; and as high performing in 9 other adult specialties: cardiology & heart surgery; ear, nose & throat; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology & neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology.
Summa was also ranked as the sixth best hospital in Ohio out of the 225 hospitals reviewed. Of the nearly 5,000 hospitals evaluated in the U.S., only 144 received national rankings.
Rankings are determined by U.S. News following an examination of hospitals that demonstrate excellence at treating difficult procedures and conditions and utilize the latest in technology. The publication evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties.
The complete list of Best Hospitals will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” Guidebook, and may also be viewed at www.usnews.com/besthospitals.
Summa is a leader in Cancer Care
Summa Health System is a leader in cancer treatment with nationally recognized cancer centers throughout Northeast Ohio. We treat more than 100 cancer types, specializing in lung, breast, colorectal, gynecological and orthopedic. Summa’s cancer centers are fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). We are one of only two major health systems in Northeast Ohio to earn the prestigious American College of Radiation (ACR) accreditation in radiation oncology.
The Parkview Center at Summa Barberton Hospital is accredited by the NAPBC. In addition, the Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the ACR.
Expert emergency care
Summa Health System is dedicated to providing 24/7, high-quality, state-of-the-art, supportive care and assistance needed in an emergency situation. Our highly skilled cardiovascular and emergency medicine teams have helped Summa earn recognition in several areas, including:
American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure quality improvement program. The (AHA)/American Stroke Association recognized Summa Akron City Hospital as a Gold Achievement hospital for successfully implementing a higher standard of care for heart failure patients. The hospital is recognized for following treatment guidelines in certain key measures at least 85% of the time in an effort to improve quality of care and outcomes for heart failure patients, and maintaining this performance level for two or more consecutive years.
- Level 1 Trauma Center (Summa Akron City Hospital).Summa was the first hospital in Akron to receive Level 1 verification, the American College of Surgeons' highest trauma care.
Best Practice Awards for Women's Health Safety & Quality
Summa Health System's obstetrics team has earned several best practice awards from the Ohio Patient Safety Institute (OPSI) for incorporating regional and national patient safety benchmarks, as well as demonstrating a clear focus on improving patient safety in a health care setting.
High-Quality Oncology Clinical Trials
Summa Health System is one of only eight community oncology practices in the U.S. recognized by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) with the Clinical Trials Participation Award (CTPA) for commitment to high-quality clinical trials programs.
Committed to Improving Older Adult Care
Summa Akron City Hospital, Summa St. Thomas Hospital, Summa Barberton Hospital and the Summa Health Center at Wadsworth-Rittman have earned NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designation for senior care. NICHE is the country's leading nurse-driven program designed to help hospitals improve care of older adults.
Bariatric Center of Excellence
Summa's Bariatric Care Center became accredited in 2007 as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
This national designation recognizes surgical programs which have successfully undergone a rigorous site survey by the Surgical Review Committee (SRC) to verify compliance with a set of nationally recognized standards and expectations. Accredited bariatric care centers must have surgical programs which demonstrate a comprehensive commitment to a high level of care and have surgical outcomes that are deemed favorable by the SRC.
Excellence and innovation in nursing
Summa Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals achieved the highest honor for nursing excellence by achieving Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center; only 7% of hospitals nationwide earn Magnet status.
We've earned this “gold standard” of care thanks to our nurses' high level of patient-focused dedication and commitment to superior patient care.
Summa is one of Northeast Ohio's best places to work
For the 11th consecutive year, Summa Health System has been named as one of the 99 best workplaces in Northeast Ohio, as determined in the annual NorthCoast 99 Awards.
Presented by Employers Resource Council (ERC), NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program that honors 99 employers in Northeast Ohio for their ability to maintain great workplaces that support the attraction, retention and motivation of top performers. ERC is Northeast Ohio’s leading and largest professional organization dedicated to HR practices, programs and services.
The NorthCoast 99 program examines policies and practices that address “Seven Fundamental Workplace Characteristics”: Flexibility, Opportunity, Recognition, Development, Security, Support and Talent Integrity.
A ‘Most Wired’ health care system
Summa Health System was named one of 2014 Health Care’s Most Wired hospital organizations for achievement in the use of healthcare IT, according to the results of Most Wired's 16th Annual Survey and Benchmarking Study.
The study focuses on how hospitals adopt, implement and use information technology in its infrastructure; and improve business and administrative management, clinical and quality safety and care among the hospital community.
Hospitals & Health Networks magazine sponsors the annual Most Wired Survey, which is an industry-standard benchmark study. The survey is designed to measure the level of IT adoption in U.S. hospitals and health systems, and is a useful tool for hospital and health system leadership to map their IT strategic plans.
Health Forum, an American Hospital Association information company, distributes, collects and analyzes the Most Wired data and develops benchmarks that are becoming the industry standard for measuring IT adoption for operational, financial and clinical performance in health care delivery systems.