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Summa screening bus set to go round and round

Date: 05.16.2013
Contact: Jennifer Farquhar, MBA Phone: (330) 375-4930

Akron, Ohio, May 15, 2013 –Northeast Ohio residents with concerns about their cardiovascular health will soon have an opportunity to get on board and get checked out. Summa Health System has partnered with HealthFair, the only national mobile testing service accredited by The Joint Commission, to charter a bus with cardiovascular testing abilities to help give local men and women insight into their overall health and pave the way for a conversation about wellness.

“The bus will travel from community to community with medical professionals on-board who can conduct multiple screenings to check for signs of early stages of cardiovascular disease,” said Joseph McShannic, M.D., chief of Vascular Surgery at Summa Health System. “Results will be read by a physician and communicated back to patients so they can address any health concerns proactively.”

The screenings cost $179, which is reimbursable by some insurances and covers six heart disease, stroke and aneurysm prevention screenings valued at $2,300. These tests include an echocardiogram, 12-lead EKG, a hardening of the arteries test (ASI), a carotid artery (stroke) ultrasound, a peripheral arterial disease test (PAD) and an abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound. Patients can also choose to add a $99 “Know Your Number Risk Assessment” which includes a complete lifestyle risk assessment to help predict a patient’s five-year risk for stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and lung cancer in addition to a lipid panel covering cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose.

Nearly 40 percent of patients typically screened on the bus show a health abnormality. In the event of an emergency, patients who are screened will be contacted immediately and given options to access care at the location of their choice.

Upcoming locations for Summa Health System’s health screening bus include:

May 20: Wadsworth
May 21: Stow
May 22: North Canton
June 24: Barberton
June 25: Hudson
June 26: Akron

Advanced appointments are required for Summa’s screening bus via 855-812-8378 or via www.summahealthfair.com. The testing takes less than an hour and is recommended for individuals 45 years of age and older.

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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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