Acute care hospitals plus a network of outpatient and primary care clinics plus a health care plan yields the sum of Summa Health System. The not-for-profit system serves the residents of the greater Akron, Ohio, area through five acute care hospitals and a whole slew of other health care sites. Together its hospitals are home to nearly 2,100 beds (those include its affiliation and management agreement with the 150-bed Robinson Memorial Hospital). In addition to general medical and surgical care, Summa's key services include bariatric care, behavioral health, cancer care, emergency services, surgical services, and women's health among others.
Summa's hospitals include Summa Akron City Hospital, Summa St. Thomas Hospital, Summa Western Reserve Hospital, Summa Barberton Hospital, Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital, Summa affiliate Robinson Memorial Hospital, and Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center campuses. In addition, outpatient care is extended throughout the area in nine community health centers.
The system's health care plan, called SummaCare, offers HMO, PPO, and POS (point of service) health insurance products to employer groups, individuals, and Medicare recipients in northern Ohio. It also administers health plans for self-funded groups through its Apex Benefit Services unit. SummaCare covers about 155,000 members. Its services are accepted at 50 hospitals and about 7,000 providers. SummaCare is the only plan recognized in Ohio by the Health Industries Research Company as a health plan with the most effective disease management programs for asthma, heart failure, and diabetes.
Summa has conducted growth efforts in recent years to expand its presence and service offerings in the region through acquisitions and partnership formations such as its affiliation with Robinson Memorial Hospital. Affiliations are beneficial for both entities because they allow them to share financial resources, staffing, and best practices.
Summa invests heavily in the latest technology, continually seeking out the latest treatment options for some of today's most serious medical conditions. The health system invests nearly $6 million each year in research support for many areas, including cardiology, cancer, and geriatrics. Major research programs are supported by grants from institutions such as the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.
Summa is a teaching hospital and as such supports the education of its physicians and health care professionals. Akron City Hospital and St. Thomas Hospital are teaching affiliates of theNortheastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and include a staff of more than 1,200 physicians and 15 accredited residency training programs.