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Press Room

Media Alert: National Start! Walking Day

04.04.2011
Contact: Jennifer Farquhar, Phone: (330) 375-4930

Contact: Jennifer Farquhar, Phone: (330) 375-4930, Email: farquharj@summahealth.org
Contact: Gina Berila, Phone: (330) 664-1906, Email: gina.berila@heart.org

What:
In observation of National Start! Walking Day on April 6, Summa Health System executives will be leading groups of employees on walks around the campuses of Summa Akron City, St. Thomas, Barberton and Wadsworth-Rittman Hospitals. Employees at these facilities are being encouraged to wear sneakers to work on April 6 and to continue on the path of exercise and wellness after the walk.

When:
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Where:
Summa Akron City Hospital - 1:30 p.m. with Thomas J. Strauss, President and CEO of Summa Health System. Walk begins at University Park YMCA.
Summa St. Thomas Hospital - 2 p.m. with Robert Harrigan, President of Summa Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals. Walk begins in Meeting Room A.
Summa Barberton Hospital - 1:30 p.m. with Don Argiro, Human Resources Manager. Walk begins at Parkview Center. Employees walking throughout the day.
Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital - 1:30 p.m. with Tom DeBord, President of Summa Wadsworth-Rittman and Barberton Hospitals. Walk begins in Therapy Services. Employees walking throughout the day.

Sponsors:
Akron Area YMCA, American Heart Association, Summa Health System

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association was founded in 1924 and is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases - America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers - the American Heart Association funds cutting-edge research, conducts lifesaving public and professional educational programs and advocates to protect public health. To learn more or to join the American Heart Association's mission, please call 1 (800) AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.

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 www.summahealth.org or find us on Facebook a twww.facebook.com/summahealth and Twitter at www.twitter.com/summahealth.

About the Akron Area YMCA
The Akron Area YMCA is a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared committment of nurturing youth potential, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. Strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For more information about the Akron Area YMCA, please visit www.akronymca.org or call (330) 376-1335.

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