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Students from Emmanuel Christian Academy commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by performing a series of skits, choral, dance and speech recitation performances at Summa Western Reserve Hospital. 

The Jan. 20 lunchtime event began with ECA Principal Rena Suber sharing some of Dr. King’s history and accomplishments, followed by performances from the ECA students, which included an a cappella vocal performance, poetry, speech recitations and a dance group. The event ended with a solo trumpet performance and prayer from Dan Page, pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Stow. 

“The moving performances we saw today are a clear sign of talented, passionate, hard-working students,” said Rena Suber, Principal, Emmanuel Christian Academy. “They remind us of the world-changing work of Dr. King, who would have no doubt been proud of the ECA students celebrating his legacy.” 

Founded in 1993, ECA is an independent, non-denominational Christian elementary school that serves at-risk youths who come from low-income, urban or single-parent households. Located at The House of the Lord church in West Akron, ECA is committed to providing opportunities for its students and setting them on the path of success.


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On Valentine’s Day, Western Reserve Hospital will host its annual “Go Red for Women” Heal Your Heart luncheon, featuring presentations from Summa Health System’s Michael Bage, MD, and former Ohio State Football Coach Jim Tressel and his wife, Ellen. The free event is designed to raise awareness about heart disease, which kills more women in the U.S. each year than all forms of cancer combined.

“In the midst of so many awareness campaigns, it’s crucial that we recognize the danger of heart disease,” said Dr. Eric Espinal, Chair of the Department of Surgery, Summa Western Reserve Hospital who has lead the luncheon event for the community. “In the U.S., heart disease claims more lives each year than anything else, including cancer, stroke and respiratory disease.”

Now in its tenth year, the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” is a national initiative that draws attention to the threat of heart disease to women. The AHA promotes the program each year with a “National Wear Red Day,” which falls on Feb. 7 this year.

The Heal Your Heart luncheon is open to the public and will be offered twice on Feb. 14, 2014 at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the Western Reserve Hospital auditorium.

The event is free to the public, but space is limited. To RSVP, contact Kathy Romito by calling (330) 971-7408 or by email at

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Pain medicine experts from all over Northeast Ohio will come together at the third annual Pain Medicine Conference, hosted by Summa Western Reserve Hospital’s Center for Pain Medicine at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

In the past, the popular event has served as an annual linchpin for the pain medicine community, attracting hundreds of area physicians, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and medical students to learn about the changes affecting chronic pain management, including new procedures, challenges and medications, while acquiring continuing education credits towards their certifications.

The seminar will take a close look at the less-invasive, multidisciplinary pain treatment approach and promote awareness about opiate and prescription drug abuse. Dr. Samer Narouze, Chairman of the Center for Pain Medicine, will lead the seminar.

“To effectively manage chronic pain, we need to embrace a multidisciplinary approach because it allows us to address problems with more than just prescription medications, which are not always the best or only option,” Narouze said. “By hosting this event each year, Summa Western Reserve Hospital is able to unite the local pain management community and encourage the growth of this effective method.”

This year’s pain management conference, entitled Chronic Pain Management: Improving the Patient’s Quality of Life, will explore the growing importance of a less-invasive, interdisciplinary approach to chronic pain management. During the conference, renowned physicians from different specialties will talk about the different perspectives on opioid use for pain management, local and state-wide prescription abuse issues and the chiropractic and neurosurgical treatments available, as well as many other topics related to pain management.


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Summa Western Reserve Hospital Chief Information Officer, Pam Banchy, RN-BC, PMP was recently interviewed by Becker’s Hospital Review as part of that publication’s

Pam Banchy, Chief Information Officer, Summa Western Reserve Hospital

Pam Banchy, Chief Information Officer, Summa Western Reserve Hospital

Life of a Healthcare CIO” series which features leading hospital and health system CIOs from across the country who are sharing their experiences, best practices and challenges.

This national-stage recognition of all that Pam Banchy has done in leading Summa Western Reserve Hospital’s implementation of a new EMR system, and her team’s continued work in helping Western Reserve Hospital succeed and grow can be found at:

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Summa Western Reserve Hospital will host its annual Cancer Awareness Luncheon on Jan. 21, a popular event that features a fashion show, free massages, information from respected health organizations and more. The free event is open to the public and takes place from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the hospital auditorium.

In addition to learning about cancer prevention and treatment from leading health groups, guests will also be treated to a fashion show featuring the clothing of Clothes Mentor and models who are cancer patients receiving treatment at Summa Western Reserve Hospital.

The luncheon will also present the culinary work of Larkin Rogers, Executive Chef of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, who will be preparing a healthy comfort food that may prevent cancer.

“Hosting fun events like this gives Summa Western Reserve Hospital an opportunity to educate people with potentially life-saving information about various forms of cancer, while also serving as a hub that connects therapy and prevention organizations to the people in the community,” said Kathy Romito, Community Relations Coordinator, Summa Western Reserve Hospital.

Throughout the auditorium, guests will be able to browse displays from prevention and therapy groups and local businesses, offering valuable information on cancer and leisurely shopping. All guests will receive a complimentary chair massage and surprise gift.

Although the event is free and open to the public, reservations are required and can be made by contacting Kathy Romito at or by calling (330) 971-7408. All reservations need to be made by Jan. 16.

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Kathy Romito, Community Relations Coordinator at Summa Western Reserve Hospital, has been elected to join the Board of Directors for both the Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce.

Effective Jan. 1, Romito will begin her three-year term in Cuyahoga Falls and two-year term in Stow-Munroe Falls. In these roles, she will provide insight and leadership for the Chamber of Commerce, which is an organization that promotes, supports and serves the members of its community by encourage economic growth and improving the quality of life.

“Community relationships are key to successfully integrating wellness and health into our communities, especially during this time of massive change in the healthcare industry,” Romito said. “The appointment to both the Stow-Munroe Falls and Cuyahoga Falls Chamber Boards is a tremendous honor for me personally, and it’s a clear reflection of Western Reserve Hospital’s dedicated care and wonderful reputation in the communities it serves.”

Responsible for all charitable events, Romito’s responsibilities at the hospital also include establishing and maintaining strong community partnerships by working closely with schools, businesses, churches, local government organizations and more.

Romito has served in numerous community organizations, including several committees in the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber. She earned her master’s degree in counseling from Kent State University and her certificate in development from Case Western Reserve University.

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Summa Western Reserve Hospital will honor members of the community and hospital staff who have served in the armed forces during a Veterans Day commemoration event on Nov. 11. The event is open to the public.

The commemoration will begin at sunrise with a flag raising on the hospital grounds and continue at noon in the Summa Western Reserve Hospital Auditorium. The noon program will begin with a call to order, presentation of the colors and posting of the colors by Cuyahoga Falls American Legion Post 281, followed by the singing of the national anthem by Pain Management Nurse Rhonda Brode.

During the event, the hospital’s President and CEO, Dr. Robert Kent, will recognize veteran employees, physicians, community members and patients. The keynote will be delivered by Major Brian A. Reali, Law Director for the City of Stow and graduate of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate’s Officer Basic and Advanced Courses. As a member of the Ohio Army National Guard, Reali has been deployed to Kosovo, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Originally known as “Armistice Day,” the U.S. has officially recognized Nov. 11 as a holiday honoring those who have served in the armed forces service since 1938.

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Summa Western Reserve Hospital recently earned the full accreditation in acute care from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent, nationally-recognized accreditation authority. The distinction was awarded to the hospital after HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of the hospital’s quality and safety standards.

“The HFAP accreditation is the latest in a remarkable list of recent distinctions the hospital has earned for outstanding quality of care and service,” said Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO, Summa Western Reserve Hospital. “We’re very proud to have earned this commendable designation, which further sets Summa Western Reserve Hospital apart as one of the best healthcare facilities in the region.”

The HFAP is one of only three national voluntary accreditation programs authorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to survey all hospitals and other medical facilities for compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

The HFAP is a non-profit, nationally-recognized accreditation organization. It has been accrediting healthcare facilities for more than 60 years and under Medicare since its inception. Its mission is to advance high-quality patient care and safety through objective application of recognized standards. Its accreditation is recognized by the federal and state government, as well as managed care organizations and insurance companies. For more information, go to

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The Employers Resource Council has named Summa Western Reserve Hospital one of Northeast Ohio’s best places to work with its annual NorthCoast 99 award. ERC’s NorthCoast 99 award annually honors 99 of Northeast Ohio’s best workplaces whose programs, practices, work environment and high employee satisfaction attract and retain top performers.

Summa Western Reserve Hospital named one of Northeast Ohio’s best places to work.

Summa Western Reserve Hospital named one of Northeast Ohio’s best places to work.

“We’re proud to be recognized as a NorthCoast 99 institution, and we’re especially proud of our wonderful staff that has helped earn the designation,” said Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO, Summa Western Reserve Hospital. “Attracting and retaining top performers is key to the success of any organization, and the professionalism and expertise of our staff is shown in the quality of the healthcare and services we provide.”

“NorthCoast 99 organizations have redefined the Northeast Ohio workplace in good and tough times,” said ERC President Pat Perry. “They have crafted a strategy and put initiatives in place designed to compete locally, nationally and globally through top performer attraction and retention. This strategy is smart and in the long run will pay incredible dividends.”

This year’s NorthCoast 99 winners will be honored at a Sept. 18 recognition dinner at LACENTRE™ Conference and Banquet Facility in Westlake, Ohio. Now in its 15th year, the NorthCoast 99 award program was developed by ERC, which is considered the area’s leading professional services organization dedicated to HR services. ERC comprises more than 1,000 member organizations and provides a variety of training and consultation services designed to improve the workplace.

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SWRH to Host Nov. Cooking Demos

October 14th, 2013

Summa Western Reserve Hospital will host successful Northeast Ohio-area chefs in free healthy cooking demonstrations, using fresh ingredients purchased at Countryside Farmer’s Market, on Nov. 7, 14 and 21.

Presented in conjunction with Countryside Conservancy, the demonstrations will show the public how to create delicious, healthy meals using locally-grown ingredients from Northeast Ohio farms. Each demonstration will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Summa Western Reserve Hospital auditorium. All guests will receive a recipe card for the evening’s selection and a reusable grocery bag.

The healthy cooking demonstrations will showcase the talents of Terra Milo, Kind Health, on Nov. 7; Justin Ofandisky, Dante Boccuzzi Akron, on Nov. 14; and Larkin Rogers, Conservancy for Cuyahoga National Park, on Nov. 21.

Countryside Conservancy is a non-profit organization that connects people, food and land. As a cooperating partner of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Countryside Conservancy has rehabilitated and revitalized nearly a dozen farms within the park boundaries. The organization also operates several community farmers’ markets and offers educational programs to support farmers and inspire backyard gardeners and home cooks.

The event is free to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP by calling (330) 971-7408.

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