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U.S. News Ranks Summa Health System High-Performing in Nine Specialties

Date: 07.19.2011
Contact: Julie Uehara Sur Phone: (330) 375-7117

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

AKRON, Ohio, July 19, 2011– Summa Health System has been ranked high-performing in nine specialties in the Akron metro area in U.S. News Media & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings.

Summa Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals, which were ranked No. 1 in the Akron metro area, were high-performing in cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, orthopaedics, pulmonology and urology. Summa Western Reserve Hospital was recognized in ear, nose and throat and was ranked No. 3 in the Akron metro area.

“We’re honored to be recognized by U.S. News for having the No. 1 hospital in Akron and among the best in the area in nine clinical specialties,” said Summa Health System President & CEO Thomas J. Strauss. “We take our commitment to the community very seriously and I am proud of everyone at Summa for their dedication to providing our patients with high-quality, compassionate care every day.”

As part of its Best Hospitals rankings, U.S. News now evaluates hospitals by metropolitan area, which was expanded for 2011-12 to include 94 metro areas. These high-performing hospitals are in locations with at least half a million residents and meet standards for strong performance in one or more of the 16 Best Hospitals specialties. The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide and will be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale August 30.

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