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Women’s Boards of Summa Health System and Summa St. Thomas Hospital Celebrate a Successful 2010 at Annual Meeting

Date: 02.15.2011
Contact: Julie Uehara Sur Phone: (330) 375-7117

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

AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 15, 2011– The Women’s Boards of Summa St. Thomas Hospital and Summa Health System were proud to celebrate today a successful 2010 and honored to welcome Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President and CEO Sandra Pianalto as a guest speaker at their annual meeting.

Pianalto participates in the formulation of U.S. monetary policy and oversees 1,300 employees in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh who conduct economic research, supervise financial institutions and provide payment services to commercial banks and the U.S. government. Today, she discussed regional and national economic conditions.

Also at this morning’s meeting, the Summa Foundation and the women’s boards shared their accomplishments in the past year and perspectives on the future. Brenda Cummins, director of community engagement for the Summa Foundation, said: “The Women’s Boards of Summa St. Thomas Hospital and Summa Health System are an integral part of our volunteer and donor programs. Their extraordinary spirit and dedication to Summa has resulted in many special projects and programs that enhance the patient care experience. We are grateful for their presence at our hospitals.”

According to Ann Loftus, the president of the Summa St. Thomas Hospital Women’s Board, the board held two successful fundraisers last year to support the hospital, including a holiday “Brunch and Browse” and the 50th annual “Day at the Races.” The board also provided critical funds to the Summa Center for Diabetes Care, the Summa Center for Behavioral Health and ongoing support towards the development of the Apatone®, an internally developed oral medication being evaluated to help fight cancer.

Additionally, Loftus noted the board’s role in awarding Olive Street – part of Summa St. Thomas Hospital’s campus – a historical designation of “Dr. Bob’s Way” in honor of the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) during AA’s 75th anniversary celebration on Founders’ Day weekend. The board also holds the hospital’s annual Nurse Preceptor Award, in which a nurse is nominated by his or her peers for excellence in patient care and teaching.

Marti Novak is the president of the Summa Health System Women’s Board and is equally proud of her board’s achievements last year. In addition to the Plant Place and Gift Shop, which are their biggest sources of income, they also held a tulip sale, a uniform sale and sold cookbooks and newborn photography services last year.

The funds supported several initiatives including providing camisoles to breast cancer patients, buying a portable ultrasound and distributing hand sanitizer stations throughout the hospital. Additionally, they are in their third year of a five-year pledge to provide $88,000 annually to the Jean and Milton Cooper Cancer Center. The board also holds the hospital’s annual Nurse Preceptor Award and provides nursing scholarships.

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