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Summa Physicians Inc. Names New President

Date: 10.28.2011
Contact: Julie Uehara Sur Phone: (330) 375-7117

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

AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 28, 2011– Summa Health System is pleased to announce the appointment of Gus Kious, M.D. to president of Summa Physicians Inc. (SPI). He begins his new role on Oct. 31, 2011.

Dr. Kious joins SPI from Huron Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic Hospital, in East Cleveland where he served as president for the past seven years. Prior to that, he held several leadership positions at the Cleveland Clinic including senior medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Health System Physician Organization. As the head of SPI, Dr. Kious will be responsible for the organization’s strategic management, operations and recruitment.

“I am very excited to join the Summa leadership team as the president of SPI,” said Dr. Kious, a board-certified family practice physician. “My experience with quality, case and disease management; diagnostic and therapeutic services; hospital management; leadership and management development; and group practice coordination will be valuable assets to what we are trying to accomplish at Summa.”

Throughout his career, Dr. Kious has focused on developing high-performance organizations, and he teaches several leadership courses and is writing a handbook for mid-level managers. He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he is currently an assistant clinical professor.

About Summa Physicians Inc.
Summa Physicians Inc. (SPI) is a Summa Health System entity of multi-specialty physicians and practices. Currently, SPI employs more than 200 physicians in 33 specialties; including cardiology, family medicine, general surgery, geriatrics, hematology/oncology, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopaedics and sports medicine, palliative care, psychiatry, sleep medicine, and vascular surgery.

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