1989: Akron City Hospital (founded in 1892) and St. Thomas Hospital (founded in 1922) merged to form Summa Health System.

1993: SummaCare insurance company formed.

October 2001: Summa acquired Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital, launching the health system's growth phase.

2006: Summa started Summa Physicians Inc., a medical practice now known as Summa Health Medical Group.

January 2007: Summa and Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna formed a nonprofit company to oversee operations of the Portage County hospital.

November 2007: Summa acquired Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital.

December 2007: Summa acquired Barberton Citizens Hospital.

2009: Summa acquired a minority ownership of Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center.

June 2009: Western Reserve Hospital Partners and Summa formed a joint venture to own and operate the former Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital, now called Western Reserve Hospital.

January 2011: NewHealth Collaborative, Summa Health’s accountable care organization, began operations

2011: Summa opened its satellite emergency department and outpatient medical facility in Medina County.

2012: Summa Rehab Hospital, a joint venture between Summa and Vibra Healthcare, opened.

2012: Summa opened its stand-alone emergency department in Green.

September 2013: HealthSpan Partners — an auxiliary of Cincinnati-based Catholic Health Partners (now Mercy Health) — acquired a 30 percent ownership stake in Summa in a $250 million deal.

December 2013: An affiliation deal ended between Summa and Robinson, which was later acquired by University Hospitals and is now known as UH Portage Medical Center.

May 2014: Summa closed Wadsworth-Rittman’s inpatient units, prompting a lawsuit from the Wadsworth-Rittman Area Joint Township Hospital District to try to force the return of a full-service hospital.

December 2014: Summa sold its minority stake in Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center.

January 2017: Chaos erupted in Summa’s ERs when the health system abruptly changed emergency medicine physician staffing on New Year’s Day after failed negotiations with its longtime provider group. Several weeks later, Dr. Thomas Malone, president and CEO, resigned after a no-confidence vote by doctors.

February 2017: The national accrediting council for medical residency programs stripped Summa of its emergency medicine residency program. Former Summa executive Dr. Cliff Deveny returned to run the health system as interim president and CEO.

Summa reached a deal in its legal battle with the Wadsworth-Rittman Area Joint Township Hospital District allowing community members to try to find an operator for a full-service hospital in the facility.

May 2017: Summa broke ground on its new West Tower, a $220 million, seven-story building that will include private patient rooms, expanded surgery suites, two floors for women’s health and a breast center when it’s completed in 2019.

December 2017: Summa agreed to sell its minority share in Western Reserve Hospital, ending a long legal battle with Western Reserve Hospital Partners.

September 2018: The accrediting agency for physician training programs nationwide denied Summa’s request to restart its emergency medicine residency program.

Summa announced it's seeking partnership/affiliation proposals. The search officially begins Oct. 1.

 

— Compiled from Beacon Journal archives and Summahealth.org.