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Awards and Recognition

Ranked Among the Best

Summa Health is consistently ranked one of the best healthcare providers in the country, as well as one of the best workplaces in Northeast Ohio. The awards and recognition received from such prestigious organizations as the following indicate, continue to reflect our commitment to providing the highest quality and most compassionate care to our patients:


Summa Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals ranked #13 in Ohio by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Summa Health as one of the top-performing hospitals in Ohio, placing Summa 13th among the 225 hospitals reviewed. Summa Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals were also rated as “high-performing” in seven adult specialties, including;

Both Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals were ranked as “high-performing” in the following adult procedures and conditions:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure

U.S. News & World Report evaluated nearly 5,000 hospitals and analyzed the results from surveys of more than 140,000 physicians across the U.S. in order to rank the best hospitals in 16 adult specialties from cancer to urology. Death rates, patient safety and hospital reputation were a few of the factors considered during the evaluation. Only 137 hospitals were nationally ranked in a specialty. 


Summa is a Leader in Cancer Care

Summa's Cancer Center receives accreditation from American College of Radiation.Summa's Cancer Center is fully accredited by American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and American College of Radiation (ACR) accreditation: Summa Health is a leader in cancer treatment with nationally recognized cancer centers throughout Northeast Ohio. Summa treats 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. In addition, Summa is one of only two major health systems in Northeast Ohio to earn the prestigious American College of Radiation (ACR) accreditation in radiation oncology. In 2015, Summa Health opened a new Breast Center at Summa Akron City Hospital and became the only healthcare system in the region to offer 3D and 2D screening and diagnostic mammograms at all of its imaging locations.

Parkview Center at Summa Barberton Hospital accredited by the NAPBC.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:


  • MissionLifeLifeGOldPlusAmerican Heart Association Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure quality improvement program. The (AHA)/American Stroke Association recognized Summa Akron City Hospital as a Gold Plus 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.Summa Akron City Hospital earns Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval
  • 100 years american college of surgeons logoLevel 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

Ohio Patient Safety InstituteSumma Health'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. 


Summa Akron City Hospital Designated a Baby-Friendly® Hospital

In an effort to support a healthy beginning for all mothers and babies, Summa Akron City Hospital pursued and earned recognition as a Baby-Friendly® Designated birth facility. Baby-Friendly designated hospitals help provide the extra education and support new moms need to successfully breastfeed their babies. Currently there are 290 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the U.S.  Summa Akron City Hospital is the only facility in Summit County to earn this designation. 


Summa Health has reached Blue Distinction® from the Centers for Maternity Care

Centers for Maternity Care Designation: Summa Health has reached Blue Distinction® from the Centers for Maternity Care. Blue Distinction Centers are healthcare facilities with demonstrated expertise and a commitment to quality care during the delivery episode of care, which includes both vaginal and cesarean section delivery.


High-Quality Oncology Clinical Trials

Summa Health 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

NICHESumma 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).

Summa's Bariatric Care Center recognized for Excellence

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 Health Systems achieve Magnet recognition from American Nurses Credentialing CenterSumma 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

Summa Health Systems name as one of 99 best workplacesFor the 12th 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

HealthCare's Most Wired Winner 2015

Summa Health System was named one of 2015 Health Care’s Most Wired hospital organizations for achievement in the use of healthcare IT, according to the results of Most Wired's 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.


Summa Recognized as Leader in Healthcare Equality Index 2014

Leader in LGBT Healthcare EqualitySumma has been recognized as a "Leader in LBGT Healthcare Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bixsexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. 

The findings were part of the HRC Foundation's Healthcare Equality Index 2014, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans, and recognizes healthcare institutions doing the best work. Approximately 1,507 health care facilities were evaluated.  

Summa earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients, and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve.  Policies, employee training, and patient care must reflect a commitment to truly comprehensive and fair treatment for LGBT patients.