The Summa Health Heart and Vascular Institute has been consistently recognized by some of the most distinguished organizations in the country for meeting or exceeding national standards of excellence in the areas of quality, innovation, safety and ethics. Below is a list of just some of the certifications and accreditations that reflect Summa Health’s commitment and underscore our ongoing dedication to providing compassionate, patient-centered cardiovascular care.
The Summa Health – Akron Campus has been named an accredited Heart Failure center by the American College of Cardiology. The Akron Campus acquired this accreditation in 2017 and received a re-accreditation in 2020. This accreditation signifies that our Heart Failure program is committed to the provision of high quality, compassionate, collaborative and comprehensive cardiovascular care to all patients; and the support of our communities through education, outreach and efficient utilization of resources.
Summa Health System – Akron Campus has been recognized by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in the "Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report for our dedication to our heart patients. Patients and caregivers can trust hospitals and health systems that participate in the National Cardiovascular Data Registry, receive ACC’s accreditation seal of approval and are recognized for delivering the best inpatient care. Through our participation in the ACC’s proven quality programs, we inform our robust quality improvement processes using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to our heart patients. Summa Health System is committed to providing top-level care. In fact, in 2020, we earned TAVR certification, as well as a re-accreditation in Heart Failure.
Summa Health System – Akron Campus was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM™ Watson Health®. The annual study — which identifies top-performing hospitals based on a balanced look at clinical, operational and financial metrics — showed Summa achieved better survival rates, fewer patient complications, fewer healthcare associated infections, lower 30-day mortality and readmission rates, shorter lengths of stay and lower inpatient expenses when compared to similar hospitals. This is the second consecutive year Summa Health has earned this recognition.
The American Heart Association has recognized Summa Health System – Akron Campus as a Gold Plus Achievement hospital for successfully implementing a higher standard of care for heart failure patients through the Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure quality improvement program. The hospital is recognized for following treatment guidelines in certain key measures at least 85% of the time in an effort to improve quality of care and outcomes for heart failure patients, and maintaining this performance level for two or more consecutive years.
Summa Health System – Akron Campus has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
Summa Health was the first Ohio recipient of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) HeartCARE™ Center National Distinction of Excellence. Designated in 2018, the Akron Campus of the Summa Health Heart and Vascular Institute was recognized for its outstanding efforts in ensuring the highest levels of consistent cardiovascular patient care. Learn more more information about the ACC HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence and why it should matter to you.
Our Akron and Barberton Campuses are accredited Chest Pain Center by the American College of Cardiology. Akron Campus has an additional distinction of being accredited as a Chest Pain Center with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). PCI is a mechanical means of treating heart attack patients by eliminating blockages in coronary arteries.
The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) is a nonprofit organization that evaluates and accredits facilities that provide diagnostic imaging and procedure-based modalities, thus improving the quality of patient care provided in private offices, clinics and hospitals where such services are performed. Summa Health has IAC accredited programs on the following campuses:
The Summa Health Akron Campus Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual facilities for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies.
The Summa Health Barberton Campus was named a 2016 Gold Level Recipient of the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksite recognition program. The award distinguishes employers who champion the health and fitness of their employees by creating a culture of physical activity and health and wellness in the workplace.
To learn more about Summa Health’s comprehensive achievements, accreditations and honors, including the Healthgrades 2019 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award,™ visit our awards and recognition page.