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Summa Health System Reports $103.5 Million in Community Benefit

Date: 11.18.2011
Contact: Mike Bernstein Phone: (330) 375-7930

Contact: Mike Bernstein, Phone: (330) 375-7930, Email:       

AKRON, Ohio, November 18, 2011 – Summa Health System President and CEO Thomas J. Strauss announced today that Summa provided $103.5 million in community benefit to area residents in 2010. Strauss announced the results while unveiling the System’s Community Benefit report during Summa’s 2011 Community Leadership Briefing event.

"Every year, we take pride in knowing that what we do makes a difference in the health and wellness of our communities,” said Strauss. "As the nation continues to navigate economic hardships that are realities for many in our community, it is affirming to be able to demonstrate positive social and economic impact on those we serve in the region.”

As the region’s largest safety-net provider, Summa delivered $103.5 million in community benefit – led by $23 million in the net cost of traditional charity care, and $19 million in unpaid costs for Medicaid patients. In addition, Summa reported $27.5 million in bad debt, which is the cost of covering payments that were expected but not received, and $29.5 million in subsidized health services, such as senior health, HIV/AIDS care, and dental heath.  

“We believe in the people, neighborhoods and communities of our region,” Strauss said. “We think about our work not only as physicians, health providers and administrators, but also as members and stewards of the community.”

In addition to Strauss, the Community Leadership Briefing featured keynote remarks by  independent health policy and ethics analyst Emily Friedman, and Greg Moody, the director of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation. Friedman spoke about the future of healthcare programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Moody discussed transformation and Ohio’s path forward.

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