Summa Barberton Hospital

Nathan Kaufman
Kaufman Strategic Advisers

Summa Health System’s abrupt change in how it staffs its emergency services is still drawing speculation as to what happened. 

Nathan Kaufman a national health industry analyst based in California says it is not unheard of for a hospital group to replace a long-time contractor for its ER operations but it is uncommon.

Artist rendering of upgrades at Akron City Hospital

Akron-based Summa Health announced today plans for $350 million in facility upgrades.

Most of the funds--$270 million--will go toward constructing a new six-story tower and a 50,000-square-foot ambulatory clinic at Akron City Hospital. The first round of funds will also apply to renovations at Barberton Hospital.