U.S. Acute Care Solutions

photo of David Seaberg
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.

Dr Jeff Wright
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After 40 years with the same physicians group to staff its emergency operations, Akron-based Summa Health System has changed contractors. The group that lost the contract held a meeting Monday in Akron.

Summa said last week that it was unable to reach a new contract with Summa Emergency Associates, the independent group of doctors who have staffed its emergency rooms for decades.

Following the meeting of about 200 of its members Monday night, the president of that group, Dr. Jeff Wright, talked about what comes next.