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Summa Health System Names Thomas Malone, M.D., New President

Date: 09.27.2013
Contact: Jim Gosky Phone: (234) 312-5052

Dr. MaloneAKRON, Ohio, Sept. 27, 2013 Summa Health System today announced the appointment of Thomas Malone, M.D., MBA, to the position of president, Summa Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals. He begins in his new post in mid-October. Dr. Malone replaces long-time president Bob Harrigan who is retiring from Summa Health System on October 1.

 Prior to joining Summa Health System, Dr. Malone served as president and chief executive officer of Harper University & Hutzel Women’s Hospital, a 560-bed academic medical center affiliated with Wayne State University. Before serving as president and CEO, he was executive vice president and chief medical officer, at which time he was responsible for graduate medical education, physician contracting, medical informatics and corporate quality and safety.

Throughout his career, he served in a variety of leadership positions, including president and chief executive officer of Children’s Choice of Michigan, a mission-driven managed healthcare system for children with special needs, and president and chief executive officer of Physician Directed Care, a physician organization that provided contracting and medical management services.

“The entire Summa Health System family welcomes Dr. Malone to this critical role,” said Thomas Strauss, president and CEO of Summa Health System. “His experience in working with integrated healthcare systems will significantly contribute to successfully managing the health of our communities. I’m thrilled to have him as part of our team.”

Dr. Malone received his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University and his medical degree from The Ohio State University. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Columbus Children’s Hospital and his perinatal-neonatal fellowship at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana.

Dr. Malone is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the National Board of Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. In addition, he is the recipient of the distinguished teacher award from Methodist Hospital of Indiana.

Dr. Malone, a native of Niles, Ohio, will relocate to northeast Ohio with his wife, Megan. He has two children, Joseph and Sarah, both working in Chicago. 

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