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Research and Innovation


Summa manages $7 million annually in support of clinical research programs across various disciplines. Many research programs are supported by grants or contracts from federal and state funding agencies. Collaborative research programs exist between Summa and its academic partners, including Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), the University of Akron, and Kent State University.

Summa Health is at the forefront of developments in orthopedics that enhance patient care. Some of these developments include:

  • Complex pelvic and acetabulum fracture needs
  • Evidence-based hip fracture protocol
  • Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty
  • Multispecialty care of musculoskeletal tumors

New Virtual Care Simulation Lab at Summa Health Corporate Office

Rapid changes in technology, biologic sciences and diagnostic testing have challenged the ability of teaching programs to keep pace. Summa Health has taken steps to ensure it can keep pace with the latest in technology by creating a new Virtual Care Simulation Lab located at the Corporate Services Center building. The new Simulation Lab opened in Fall 2015 and includes:

  • Six unique clinical bays and debriefing spaces
  • Lecture space for 100 attendees 
  • Audio/visual learning management system
  • Auditorium
  • Five individual classroom spaces
  • Computer lab
  • Bio-skills capability that allows staff to practice performing procedures
  • Cafe and food service available

Virtual Care Simulation Lab at Summa Health System – Akron Campus

The Virtual Care Simulation Lab at Summa Health System – Akron Campus contains a mock operating theater where residents learn the basics of the OR setting, including instrument recognition and what to do in case of complications. Residents hone their skills in a realistic setting. Practicing basic skills in the simulation lab allows residents to focus on learning advanced techniques during their clinical rotations.

Kent State University (KSU)

Research for Life at Kent State focuses on solving major global challenges that society faces, such as healthcare, energy and sustainability. Through KSU’s research endeavors in areas such as advanced materials, aging, bioengineering and neuroscience and their translation of research into technologies, KSU is working to improve the physical and economic health of Ohio. Summa Orthopedic Institute and KSU developed a program within their Masters of Public Health promoting medical students in population health management in an orthopedic setting.

University of Akron

Summa Health and the University of Akron have collaborated to create the first associate degree program in the U.S. for simulation technologists. The new Simulation Lab is the first and only simulation technology instructional lab in the country, with a lecture hall that has technical instruction stations for 24 students and their simulators, plus an observation deck for mock simulation set-up and testing.

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