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Summa Health System Opens Inpatient Rehab Hospital

Date: 01.24.2012
Contact: Erica Rosenthal Phone: (330) 375-3052

Summa Rehab Hospital
Florence Joann Croft, the first patient admitted to Summa Rehab Hospital, practices the stairs with James Lee, PT, DPT, NCS. Patients receive therapy three hours a day, five days per week.(Click for larger image)
Summa Rehab Hospital
Florence Joann Croft, the first patient admitted to Summa Rehab Hospital, receives an evaluation from James Lee, PT, DPT, NCS.(Click for larger image)
Summa Rehab Hospital
Summa Rehab Hospital, a $25 million facility on the Summa Akron City Hospital campus, opened today. The free-standing, three-floor inpatient rehabilitation facility will include on-site parking and other amenities. (Click for larger image)

AKRON, Ohio, Jan. 24, 2012 – Anyone needing extended care and rehabilitation can now come to the Summa Rehab Hospital, which opened today. Conveniently located on the Summa Akron City Hospital campus on North Adams Street, the three-floor inpatient rehabilitation facility features several on-site amenities for staff, patients and visitors.

The $25 million, 70,354-square-footfree-standing facility provides patients and visitors with free on-site parking and personalized service in a large open space from the moment they enter. Each patient will have one of 60 private rooms with a bathroom. Four of these rooms have been specifically tailored for bariatric patients. Visitors can also enjoy a day room on the patient floors that includes a dining area, fireplace, TV and kiosk for patient and family education.

The 24/7 dedicated staff will focus on providing comfortable, convenient and exceptional patient care, and are equipped to treat patients with a variety of inpatient rehab needs including those who are recovering from strokes, spinal cord injuries and orthopaedic surgeries, to name a few.

“Our team is very excited to open Summa’s first comprehensive rehab hospital to the community,” said Cheryl Henthorn, chief executive officer of the Summa Rehab Hospital. “We’re looking forward to helping patients and their families with several different levels of rehabilitation needs in a comfortable environment.”
Several types of rehabilitation and therapy sessions are offered in both private and public settings; including a 5,000-square-foot rehabilitation gym, outdoor therapy area (ambulatory patio), and an apartment-style suite. Other amenities include a pharmacy, imaging suite and a café, to name a few. 

Summa Health System and Vibra Healthcare entered into a joint venture in September 2009 and began construction on the Summa Rehab Hospital in September 2010.

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