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Summa Health Foundation

Since the founding of Akron City Hospital in 1892, the patients and families of Summa Health have benefited from the sustained generosity of our community. Summa Health Foundation is dedicated to extending this legacy of giving to advance compassionate, coordinated care at Summa Health. Every gift makes a difference in the lives of those we serve today and for generations to come.


Summa Health patient Shannon Sansom shares her story of survival following a life-threatening health emergency. Read more.

Friends of Summa Health welcome Dr. Cliff Deveny. See photos.

Summa Health benefactors to be honored at Summa Society Celebration on May 24. Read more.

Couple’s latest gift provides funding to establish a Chair in Traumatic Stress. Read more.

The importance of caring

Each day, Summa Health employees demonstrate in a multitude of ways that we care about our patients, whether through a smile, listening, showing respect or compassion. Watch the video below to learn how 50 Summa Health employees show they care.

Upcoming Events

  • Men Who Cook - May 5, 2017. Join Summa Health and greater Akron’s top amateur male chefs for a delicious culinary competition and savory night of fundraising at the 15th annual Men Who Cook event benefiting Summa Health at Home. Learn more.
  • Summa Society Celebration - May 24, 2017. Summa Health Foundation is privileged to honor its most generous donors and volunteers at this yearly event celebrating the powerful and lasting spirit of philanthropy that has sustained Summa Health since its founding. Invitations to be mailed. Learn more.
  • Summa Health Foundation Golf Outing - June 20, 2017. Join Summa Health supporters for a day of golf and philanthropy at Firestone Country Club's South Course. Learn more.
  • Summa Health Sapphire Ball - October 21, 2017. Attend the highly-anticipated Sapphire Ball at the John S. Knight Center. Be sure to get your tickets early, this event regularly sells out. Learn more.
  • Summa Health Behind the White Coat - November 2017. Join us for the chance to speak one-on-one with doctors and experts and learn about the cutting-edge advances underway in key clinical areas at Summa Health at this exciting behind-the-scenes event. More information to come.