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Circle of Women’s Health Philanthropists Formed to Support Care

05.13.2013
Contact: Jennifer Farquhar, MBA, Phone: (330) 375-4930

Akron, Ohio, May 13, 2013 – A notable group of local women have launched a new initiative, the Summa Foundation Circle of Women’s Health Philanthropists, whose members have dedicated themselves to supporting the healthcare needs of other women in greater Summit County.

Through focused philanthropy, the Circle has embraced causes including the healthy development and birth of babies by providing mothers with access to optimal prenatal and delivery care, and is also working to ensure that all women who need medical treatment can receive high quality care. The group also hopes to serve as a model and inspiration for generations of women who can celebrate the positive outcomes resulting from collaborative fundraising.

“Women come forward when they see a need and can make an immediate and measurable impact,” said Julia Rea Bianchi, Summa Foundation Board Member and Circle Co-Founder. “There is a significant movement happening in women’s philanthropy right now, and the Summa Foundation and women within the Akron community are getting on board.” 

Bianchi draws her vision from experience as a national founding member of the Tiffany Circle, a society of women leaders and philanthropists affiliated with the Red Cross. That movement grew to more than 700 members nationally in three years.

Circle members will meet to determine funding goals and review a “wish list” of needs, including support for the Summa Center for Women’s Health. The Center provides a place for uninsured or underinsured women to receive obstetrical and gynecological care and is Summa’s highest volume access point for charity care services, with over 15,000 patient visits each year.

The group is calling on female executives, professionals and social philanthropists willing to make a personal annual gift of $2,500, which will be combined with fellow members’ donations in order to make a powerful impact on women’s health initiatives at Summa Health System. The Circle’s next event is at 11:30 a.m. on June 19 at the Portage Country Club in Akron and will include the health talk “In a Mess with Stress” by Tara Scott, M.D., founder of Revitalize medical group and Circle member. RSVPs should be directed to Shelley Green, Summa Foundation director of Principal Giving, by June 12 at (330) 375-6891 or greensh@summahealth.org.

Other Circle members include Co-Founder Vivian von Gruenigen, M.D., system director of Summa Women’s Health Services; and Steering Committee members Karen Dulaney, vice president, J.P. Morgan Private Bank; Cheryl Johnson, M.D., Paragon OB/GYN; community volunteer Andrea Light; community volunteer Ginger Marchetta; Dan Marchetta, construction; Priya Maseelall, M.D., Reproductive Gynecology, Inc.; Jennifer Smith Moore, president, Ron Smith Insurance; and Debra Adams Simmons, editor; The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The benefits of membership are unique to the Circle and include invitations to annual events, exclusive networking opportunities, ongoing information about women’s health programs within Summa Health System, and a member bracelet with a commemorative charm designed by TaylorMade Jewelry of Akron for each year of membership. The most significant benefit is in the Circle’s capacity to positively impact women’s health through collaborative decision-making and goal-oriented investment by Circle members.

Women interested in joining the Circle should contact Shelley Green or visit www.thesummafoundation.org/thecircle.

The Circle - Summa Health SystemA notable group of local women have launched a new initiative, the Summa Foundation Circle of Women’s Health Philanthropists, whose members have dedicated themselves to supporting the healthcare needs of other women in greater Summit County. From left to right are Circle members Vivian von Gruenigen, M.D.; Debra Adams Simmons; Priya Maseelall, M.D.; Jennifer Smith Moore; Julia Rea Bianchi; and Ginger Marchetta.

 

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 www.summahealth.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/summahealth and Twitter at www.twitter.com/summahealth.

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