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Summa Health System Partners with Area Primary Care Physician Groups to Create Patient-Centered Collaborative Network

Date: 08.22.2012
Contact: Mike Bernstein Phone: (330) 375-7930

AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 22, 2012 – Summa Health System, Community Health Care and Pioneer Physicians Network have come together to create a for-profit management services organization (MSO). The Patient-Centered Collaborative Network (PCCN) will be jointly owned, with the physician groups equally owning 51 percent and Summa owning 49 percent.

The goal of the PCCN is to develop into an organization that further integrates the physician groups and Summa through clinical and business initiatives that improve the health of our communities, add value and eliminate redundancy and fragmentation. The new company will initially focus on providing revenue cycle services for Community Health Care, Pioneer Physicians Network and Summa Physicians Inc.

“As our nation embarks on a new era of healthcare, now, more than ever, it is critical that we find ways to work together rather than simply looking for ways to compete,” said Dr. Rodney Ison, Community Health Care president. “The creation of the PCCN is an important milestone for our community because it not only provides an opportunity for two independent physician groups to work together, but also includes an organization like Summa that has repeatedly shown a desire to work collaboratively with doctors to best serve our communities.”    

“What we are ultimately doing is creating an infrastructure that will benefit not only our organizations, but also the communities that we serve,” said Dr. Mark Meyer, Pioneer Physicians Network president. “By working together to achieve our common goals of providing the best care possible for our patients and making smart operational decisions, we are able to institute the best practices of three independent organizations to meet the changing needs of healthcare delivery.   

The MSO provides a redesigned and efficient business function that is specifically developed for the coming changes in healthcare delivery.  The initial business provides software, credentialing, billing and collection services to more than 300 physicians. The business model has been designed to include efficiencies that incorporate staff, procedures and the latest in technology to provide best in class services while decreasing operating costs of the physician practice.     

“Summa is built on the belief that great patient care is centered on strong relationships with our physicians,” said Tom Strauss, Summa Health System president and CEO. “By working closely with them, both employed and independent, we are able to provide an infrastructure that ultimately helps move us away from our nation’s current sick-care system to one that is truly focused on healthcare. The PCCN is critical to that movement because it will provide important operational efficiencies that lead to greater value for our patients.” 

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