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Steven P. Schmidt, Ph.D. Appointed Chief Operating Officer for Summa Foundation

Date: 10.03.2011
Contact: Julie Uehara Sur Phone: (330) 375-7117

Contact: Julie Uehara Sur, Phone: (330) 375-7117, Email:             

AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 3, 2011– Summa Health System is proud to announce the appointment of Steven P. Schmidt, Ph.D. as Chief Operating Officer of the Summa Foundation. Dr. Schmidt has been the interim leader of the Summa Foundation since October 2010 and also is the vice president of Clinical Research & Innovation for Summa Health System.

In his Summa Foundation role, Dr. Schmidt will specifically lead efforts in community benefit and diversity, government relations and health policy, and research. In addition, he will work closely with a newly created position of Chief Development Officer, yet to be filled, who will lead fundraising initiatives. These two new positions were created so all components of the Summa Foundation – whether it’s philanthropy, community benefit or research – work together to fully support the mission of Summa Health System. Both leadership positions will report directly to Summa Health System President and CEO Thomas J. Strauss.

“Steve has done a tremendous job as interim leader of the Summa Foundation throughout the past several months,” said Strauss. “With his background in research, his deep understanding of community benefit and health policy, and his knowledge of the greater Akron community, he is the best person to serve as Chief Operating Officer of the Summa Foundation and help move our System’s priorities forward.”

In addition to his current roles at Summa, Dr. Schmidt was previously director of the Division of Surgical Research since 1982 and currently remains engaged in conducting original research. He was formerly an adjunct faculty member at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and is currently a member of the NEOMED Board of Trustees.

Dr. Schmidt received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and was awarded a Ph.D in biology and physiology from Idaho State University. He has served many Akron community organizations including as trustee and president of the Board of Trustees of the Akron Area YMCA and as trustee and president of the Board of Trustees of Weathervane Community Playhouse.

About Summa Health System
Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet® status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook at and Twitter at