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Hospice Care

Summa Health Hospice is designed to deliver complete care for the whole person, encompassing body, mind, and spirit.

Hospice Services

Summa Health provides hospice care for Northeast Ohio. Our interdisciplinary team of dedicated medical professionals includes board-certified medical directors with over 80 years’ experience combined and volunteers who work together with patients and their families to create comprehensive, individualized care plans.

We focus on treating the patient and the family—not the disease. Our hospice services—designed to deliver complete care for the whole person, encompassing body, mind, and spirit—help to prevent and ease suffering, while enhancing comfort and quality of life.

The disciplines that make up our team include physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, aides, social workers, spiritual care coordinators, massage therapists, and volunteers.


What is Hospice?

Hospice is a holistic approach to caring for people who are very ill.  It involves a team of trained professionals, available 24 hours a day, who provide medical attention, pain management and emotional and spiritual support tailored to an individual's needs and wishes.

We also offer the following services to our patients:

  • Pharmacist-provided medication management consultation and oversight
  • Massage therapy for symptom management
  • Clinical psychology, complementary and alternative medicine therapies 

Hospice Frequently Asked Questions

Our Medical Directors

Our medical directors are directly involved with staff on a daily basis to:

  • Provide 24/7 backup and consultation for patient problems;
  • Visit patients in their homes and nursing homes;
  • Provide daily oversight for pain and symptom management admissions; and
  • Assist with complex pain and symptom issues. 

Meet the Team


Where is Hospice Offered?

Hospice isn't a place – it's a concept of care that can be provided anywhere. Summa offers hospice care where the patient and family will benefit most – a patient's home, a nursing facility or within many of our northeast Ohio hospitals. 

Summa offers Hospice at Home services in many northeast Ohio counties including Summit, Medina, Portage and Stark counties. We offer inpatient hospice care at Summa Health System – Akron and Barberton Campuses and Western Reserve Hospital.

Hospice Eligibility

Grief Support

In addition to caring for the patient, hospice teams also provide compassion and support to loved ones during the illness and the grieving process. Our hospice team focuses on delivering medical, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual support, most of which is provided in the patient’s own home. This approach enables families to remain together where they are most comfortable. 

At Summa Health Hospice, we have been providing uncompromising quality care to terminally ill patients and the people who love and care for them. Our hospice services allow patients and their families to maximize each and every day, while we help to fill in the gaps with individually designed patient care plans and a supportive network of medical professionals and volunteers.

See Our Grief Resources


Speak to a Specialist

To learn more about Summa Health Hospice Services, call 234.200.1210 to speak with one of our specialists.


Meet the Team

We staff a group of experts that can provide a wide range of services including spiritual chaplains, bereavement counselors, and more.

Hospice Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to your questions regarding hospice and palliative care at Summa Health.

Hospice Volunteer Opportunities

Summa Health Hospice Volunteers only know one way of giving – with both hands, with all their hearts and without a second thought.


Options to Request an Appointment

If your situation is an emergency, call 911.