Summa Health unveils $350 million facility plan

Posted at 1:30 PM, Apr 19, 2016

Summa Health announced plans Tuesday for up to $350 million in facility improvements, according to a press statement.

Phase I will take an estimated five years and cost $270 million, Summa Health said. This phase includes plans for a new inpatient facility and medical office building on the Summa Akron City campus and increased outpatient services, modernized operating rooms and improved parking at Summa Barberton Hospital.
“As Summit County’s largest private employer, Summa Health is both excited and proud to help shape the future of healthcare in our region,” Summa Health president Dr. Thomas Malone said. 
Summa Health released the following facility plan highlights:
  • A new “front door” to Summa Akron City Hospital. A landmark 300,000 square-foot patient tower will greet visitors and serve both as a beautiful addition to the city’s skyline and a reminder of the continued rebirth and revitalization of the city. The tower will include new facilities for Summa’s Women’s Health program, modern inpatient rooms and nursing units, and expanded surgical capacity. 
  • Increasing the number of private rooms to approximately 80 percent of beds at Summa Akron City Hospital. 
  • Adding a 50,000 square-foot medical office building on the Akron City campus that will integrate new design concepts to promote a team-based model of care. 
  • Providing increased outpatient capacity across the system, with the ability to design around patient-centered care. 
  • Modernizing various portions of Summa Barberton Hospital and aligning services there that will improve access to better meet the overall needs of the community. These improvements include a new imaging and diagnostic center and enhancements to surgical services.