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Why Choose Summa

Patients who choose Summa receive the benefits of an integrated healthcare delivery system with:

  • Lowest D2B time in the region
  • Recognized care for heart attack patients
  • Chest Pain Center Accreditation
  • Access to clinical research trials
  • Access to innovative surgical techniques and technology
  • An integrated care delivery system provides care for the whole person, not just their heart
  • Demonstrated high patient satisfaction

As a result of Summa Cardiovascular Institute’s comprehensive services and integrated healthcare delivery system, 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.

The lowest mstentedian door-to-balloon (D2B) time in the region. 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 45 minutes at Summa Akron City Hospital – which is well below the 90-minute national standard. Quicker treatment means less heart muscle is damaged – which translates to better outcomes for patients.

Summa Barberton Hospital and Summa Health Center at Wadsworth-Rittman are accredited Chest Pain Centers by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). CPC accreditation improves patient outcomes by ensuring hospitals use the latest evidence-based best practices in cardiac care and creates a collaborative, team approach to cardiac care treatment where hospital and EMS personnel work together to improve patient outcomes.

Summa Akron City Hospital is accredited as a Mission Lifeline STEMI receiving center and has been re-accredited as a Chest Pain Center with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which is a mechanical means of treating heart attack patients by eliminating blockages in coronary arteries.  Being named an accredited Heart Attack Receiving Center means Summa Akron City Hospital 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 our patients.

These accreditations bring the total number of Chest Pain Centers to three within Summa Health System.

Access to innovative clinical research trials. 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, which 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.

Access to behavioral health services as part of 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.

Demonstrated high patient satisfaction as measured by Press Ganey survey results. 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.

For more information on cardiac surgery or the Summa Cardiovascular Institute, contact us at (888) 219-9813