Summa

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DOWNTOWN AKRON

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, October 17th:

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SUMMA HEALTH

Summa Health has a new doctor leading its ER, and he says his goal is to rebuild the department into a model both for patients and for medical students.

Dr. David Seaberg has close to three decades of experience in ERs, both as a physician and in developing residency programs.

He works for U.S. Acute Care Solutions, which last winter took over Summa’s ER following a controversial split with the long-time provider, Summa Emergency Associates. Shortly after that move, the ER lost accreditation for its residency program.

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Dr. Cliff Deveny took over as interim CEO of Summa Health System in March. This week he started reorganizing.  Among other moves, he eliminated the jobs of two of Summa’s highest-ranking managers: Chief Operating Officer Valerie Gibson and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Vivian von Gruenigen

Both were involved in the controversial change of the health system’s contractor for emergency room physicians. That led to former CEO Dr. Thomas Malone’s resignation and Deveny’s appointment.  But he says their positions were dropped for other reasons.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

A long-running legal fight between Summa Health and Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital has been resolved.

Wadsworth-Rittman was operated by a community hospital district until Summa bought the property in 2008. The health system closed the inpatient care facility six years later, and that's when the lawsuit began.

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SUMMA HEALTH

Summa Health CEO Thomas Malone resigned today after a turbulent two years leading Summit County's largest employer.

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