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Why Choose Summa

With a tradition of excellence in heart care, patients who choose Summa Cardiovascular Institute (SCVI) can feel confident in knowing they are receiving the benefits of an integrated healthcare delivery system with:

  • The lowest D2B time in the region
  • Chest Pain Center Accreditation
  • Access to clinical research trials
  • Access to innovative surgical techniques and technology
  • Care for the whole person, not just the heart
  • Demonstrated high patient satisfaction

American Heart Association Accreditation

On average, Summa stops heart attacks 26 minutes faster than the national standard. The national time
target for door-to-balloon time is 90 minutes. Door-to-balloon time is defined as time measured from the moment a heart attack patient enters a hospital until the blocked artery is opened either through stenting or angioplasty. The median D2B time is 46 minutes at Summa Akron City Hospital – which is well below the 90-minute national standardLearn more about our response times.

In fact, Summa Health System earned the American Heart Association (AHA) designation as a Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center.

AHA_MissionLifeline_GoldPlus Awardstoke gold plus eliteThe (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 through the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure quality improvement program. 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.

In addition, the hospital received AHA's Mission Lifeline: Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures as outlined by AHA for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Each year, approximately 250,000 Americans have an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) that requires timely treatment to prevent death, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

The AHA's Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services (EMS) improve response time so patients with STEMI receive prompt, appropriate treatment. The program's goal is to streamline systems of care to quickly get STEMI patients from the first 9-1-1 call to hospital treatment within a 90-minute window. In 2013, Summa Akron City Hospital's median time was 74 minutes. Quicker treatment means less hart muscle is damaged -- which translates to better outcomes for patients.

As further testimony to Summa's tradition of excellence in heart care, Summa Barberton Hospital and Summa Health Center at Wadsworth-Rittman are accredited Chest Pain Centers by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Summa Akron City Hospital has been re-accredited as a Chest Pain Center with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). PCI is a mechanical means of treating heart attack patients by eliminating blockages in coronary arteries. These accreditations bring the total number of Chest Pain Centers to three within Summa Health System. 

Being named an accredited Heart Receiving Center means Summa has the equipment and expertise to quickly and effectively treat heart attack patients. When every second counts, working together as a team with emergency medical services (EMS) and non-PCI hospitals translates to better outcomes for patients.

Noted cardiovascular researcher Marc S. Penn, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, leads the research programs at both Summa Health System and Northeast Ohio Medical College (NEOMED), where he also leads the Skirball Laboratory for Cardiovascular Cellular Therapeutics. Much of Dr. Penn’s research focuses on bringing innovative therapies from “bench-to-bedside,” meaning patients benefit from new developments in stem cell research and other therapies.

Access to the latest technology and surgical techniques, including minimally-invasive, robotic-assisted cardiovascular surgery, allows cardiothoracic surgeons to safely perform delicate and complex procedures such as pacemaker or ICD lead placement. Minimally invasive techniques provide benefits to patients, including: less post-operative pain, faster recovery times, less bleeding and less scarring. Minimally invasive robotic surgery may not be the best option for everyone. Your physician can explain all of the options available to treat your condition, including whether you’re a good candidate for minimally invasive robotic surgery.

Read more about Summa’s use of the daVinci® robotic-assisted system for minimally invasive surgery.

Behavioral health services are part of our cardiac care programs. The medical community recognizes behavioral health interventions can improve the physical well-being of patients diagnosed with heart disease. That’s why SCI incorporates a behavioral health component to its heart care programs to address depression and other issues that can impact the physical health of our patients. We're the first in the region to include behavioral health as an integral part of heart care.

Summa Akron City Hospital and Summa Barberton Hospital have been recognized for “High Achievement” based on their Press Ganey survey results. Both hospitals’ patient satisfaction scores for “Overall Assessment” of Cardiovascular Services were at the 90th percentile as compared to other hospitals across the nation. Summa Akron City Hospital and Summa Barberton Hospital have consistently achieved high scores in the three cardiac care core measures as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

At Summa Cardiovascular Institute (SCVI), patients get the right care, at the right time, at the right location, from the right provider – no matter where they choose to access care within Summa Health System.

For more information on cardiac surgery or the Summa Cardiovascular Institute, contact us at (888) 926-9540