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Summa Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals Receive Highest Honor for Nursing Excellence

Date: 01.20.2011
Contact: Julie Uehara Sur Phone: (330) 375-7117

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

AKRON, Ohio, Jan. 20, 2011– Summa Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals are proud to receive Magnet® recognition for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Long known for its high quality, compassionate nursing care, Summa is now among the top 6.5 percent of hospitals in the country to have achieved Magnet® status.

The ANCC made the official announcement to Summa employees today at 1 p.m. on a phone call broadcast to a packed house in the Ann and David Brennan Critical Care Center lobby. The celebration quickly commenced with cheers, hugs, balloons, music by a local DJ (Dr. Bob Flora, past chief of Summa’s medical staff), a chocolate fountain and a lot of great food.

“This is a testament to our nurses and healthcare team for the dedication and commitment they make every day to our patients and to Summa Health System,” said System Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Lanie Ward. “I’m so proud of them for setting the standard for excellence in patient care. On behalf of our patients, their families and Summa, I offer my sincere gratitude.”

Magnet® status is the highest international recognition awarded to a hospital or medical center for excellence in nursing. It is accepted nationally as the gold standard of patient care and provides healthcare consumers with a benchmark to measure quality of nursing care. To receive this distinction, Summa Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals underwent an extensive review and systematic evaluation of its nursing practice by the ANCC, including the review of thousands of pages of documentation and a four-day site visit by ANCC professionals.

Hospitals with the Magnet® designation meet a specific set of quality metrics that include: excellent patient outcomes, nursing involvement in making decisions regarding the delivery of patient care, shaping nursing practices and pursuing best practices within the healthcare industry. There are currently less than 400 hospitals across the country with this accreditation.

At the celebration, Summa Health System CEO Thomas J. Strauss remarked: “What a great day for Summa and a great day for our nurses! Being a Magnet® hospital truly makes a difference. Independent research shows patients who are cared for at a Magnet® facility have lower mortality rates, shorter lengths of stay, increased stability of care and positive outcomes, and increased satisfaction and confidence levels in their caregivers.

“Congratulations to all our nurses and thank you for your selfless devotion to our patients, their families and this organization.”

About Summa Health System
Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated 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 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