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Chris Halapy (left), president of Shook Construction, and Don Dreier, executive vice president of Donley’s.

Donley's / Shook building a solid foundation for Summa Health

This story originally appeared in the Winter 2020 edition of Promise magazine.

The historic partnership of Donley’s Inc. and Shook Construction on the gleaming new patient tower on the Summa Health System — Akron Campus was groundbreaking in every way.

The two leading Northeast Ohio firms joined forces in 2016 to lead the construction of the seven-story, 343,000-square-foot facility that has dramatically changed the face of the 127-year-old Akron Campus. Summa Health patients receive high-quality, compassionate care in a state-of-the-art facility that is home to labor and delivery, same-day surgery, the Dr. Gary B. and Pamela S. Williams Center for Breast Health, 108 private patient rooms and much more.

The building is complete. The partnership of Donley’s / Shook and Summa Health continues into Phase 2 of the hospital’s investment in the healthcare of the Akron region.

“Donley’s and Shook Construction have been incredible partners on so much more than bricks and mortar,” said Cliff Deveny, M.D., Summa Health president and chief executive officer. “Their invaluable contributions of resources and talent are helping us build relationships in the community that benefit Summa Health patients in many exciting ways.”

Donley’s / Shook served as presenting sponsor of the Sapphire Ball in 2017 and continues to support the ball and other Summa Health events. Don Dreier, executive vice president of Donley’s, served on the Sapphire Ball fundraising committee in 2017 and 2018. Chris Halapy, president of Shook Construction, was on the ball’s 2019 fundraising committee, helping the health system connect with potential sponsors.

A dedication to Summa Health patients permeates both companies. In 2018, Donley’s and Shook employees participated in a successful drive to support the Summa Health Comfort Cart, which provides patients with free travel-size items for personal care, reading materials and other items to enjoy during their hospital stay.

“Our employees live here and work here and are proud to support a strong local health system like Summa Health,” Mr. Halapy said. “It was an honor to work on this project, and we are eager to continue to contribute to Summa Health’s mission.”

“Summa Health is a tremendous asset to Northeast Ohio,” Mr. Dreier said. “We were excited to help revitalize the Akron Campus and look forward to future construction and philanthropic opportunities with such a valued community partner.”

Corporations and foundations can support Summa Health patients in a variety of ways. For more information, contact Nikki Hawk at 330.375.3548 or

Corporations and foundations can support Summa Health patients in a variety of ways. For more information, contact Nikki Hawk, senior director of development, 330.375.3873 or


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