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Summa Health System Names Erik Steele, D.O. Chief Medical Officer

Date: 03.13.2013
Contact: Erica Rosenthal Phone: (330) 375-3052

AKRON, Ohio, Mar. 13, 2013 – Summa Health System today announced the appointment of Erik Steele, D.O. as chief medical officer. Dr. Steele will be responsible for providing system- wide strategic direction and oversight of clinical quality, patient safety, performance improvement initiatives and care management.

Dr. Steele comes to Summa from Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, where he served as chief medical officer, chief administrative officer and senior vice president of a seven hospital, 30 company organization. At Summa, he will serve as a member of the senior leadership team.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Steele has decided to join us on our journey to transform the delivery of healthcare, not only in our community, but across the nation,” said Tom Strauss, Summa Health System president and CEO. “We had the opportunity to meet many good candidates during our CMO search, each with unique qualifications. In getting to know Dr. Steele, I believe without question that he is the right person to lead our strategic and operational clinical initiatives.”

At Summa, his specific responsibilities include continuing to advance physician alignment,  leading and guiding the transition of service lines to integrated institute models that promote system-wide standards of care and improving access and coordination of care.

Dr. Steele received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and his D.O. degree from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship at University of Medicine and Dentistry, Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Stratford, New Jersey, and his residency at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine, where he was chief resident in his 3rd year.

Dr. Steele and his wife, Nan, will relocate to the Akron area in the near future. His first day with Summa is June 24.

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

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