Summa Western Reserve Hospital earns Acute Care Accreditation
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.
Area chefs participate in cooking demos at Summa Western Reserve Hospital
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.
Summa Western Reserve Hospital Behavioral Health Specialists published in Springer Journal
Summa Western Reserve Hospital psychologist Dr. Gary Sipps and professional clinical counselor Dr. Leon Howard of the hospital's Center for Pain Medicine Behavioral Health Services recently published the article, Exploratory Factor Analysis of the Pain Outcomes Profile in Issue 1, Vol. 20 of Springer Science and Business Media's Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.
The article explores The Pain Outcomes Profile (POP), which, according to the Springer abstract, is a "brief, multidimensional measure intended to assess pain intensity, functioning, and affect... presented as a practical measure with clinical utility." The research is based on assessment of 447 male and female patients at a chronic non-cancer pain outpatient treatment center. The 20 substantive items comprising the POP were entered into a factor analysis with oblique rotation. Five salient factors were obtained. Item-inclusion was generally consistent with factor loadings although noteworthy exceptions were observed in the Fear, Mobility and Vitality scales. Recommendations for further study and limitations of the current project are delineated.
"Every day of our work lives, we see how pervasive chronic pain has become in the lives of our patients," says Dr. Howard. "We are trying to do our part to better understand the intricacies of chronic pain and develop better mental health treatment modalities."
Summa Western Reserve Hospital wins NorthCoast 99 Award
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.
"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."
"Go Red" awareness luncheon gets to the heart of the matter
Summa Western Reserve Hospital, in conjunction with the American Heart Association, Summa Cardiovascular Institute and Summa Womens' Health Services, will host a free "Go Red for Women" luncheon for heart disease awareness on Thursday, Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. The event will take place in the hospital's auditorium located at 1900 23rd St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223.
Dr. Eric Espinal, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Summa Western Reserve Hospital will keynote the luncheon with a special presentation at 12 p.m. entitled, "What's Your Sign." Registered guests can learn about risk factors and prevention guidelines associated with heart disease in women including how to develop (and stick to) a personal wellness plan. The event will also feature a variety of local vendors and door prizes.
Summa Western Reserve Hospital "How to Quit" sessions expand
The Summa Western Reserve Hospital Lung Health Program has expanded its free, group smoking cessation class schedule to also include several Saturday sessions for smokers who are seeking to quit.
Class times and meeting locations within the hospital vary. Guest may register and learn more about session times and locations by calling (330) 929-LUNG (5864).
The next free, 5-week "How to Quit" group session start dates will be:
Summa Western Reserve named a "Physician-Owned hospital to know"
Summa Western Reserve Hospital was recently named a "Physician-Owned Hospital to Know" by Becker's Hospital Review, a recognized source of business and legal information for hospital and health system leaders.
Summa Western Reserve Hospital was ranked one of the highest performing physician-owned hospitals throughout the United States as a result of its clinical accolades, quality care, patient satisfaction rankings and other criteria.
Summa Western Reserve, MDA unite for 'Lock-Up,' fight muscular dystrophy
Summa Western Reserve Hospital and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will play host to a Muscular Dystrophy Lock-Up Fundraiser on Thursday, January 24th, 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. The hospital will house staff and community fundraisers in its auditorium located at 1900 23rd Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223. The event is open to the public and anyone who would like to participate or make a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association can contact Kathy Romito at (330) 971-7408.
The MDA Lock-Up program fundraiser is part of a year-round initiative designed to unite local business and community leaders who agree to be "locked up" for having a "big heart." The premise of the event is that participants are locked up in one location until they raise bail for release (a.k.a. funds to support the MDA). Before and/or during the event, the "jailbird" participants let friends and colleagues know that they are going "behind bars" at a location unless they are "released" via funds they can raise. Monies collected help provide services for individuals affected by Muscular Dystrophy and provide local support in the form of flu shots, critical research, free clinic visits, and aid to send local children living with a neuromuscular disease to MDA summer camps.
Summa Western Reserve Hospital to honor Veterans with tribute
Summa Western Reserve Hospital will host a special Veterans Day celebration for its employees, volunteers, physicians, patients and all area veterans on Friday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. as part of Summa Health System's location-wide recognition of all who have served in the Armed Forces. The Summa Western Reserve ceremony is open to the public and will take place in the hospital's Auditorium 1 at 1900 23rd St. Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
During the celebration, veteran Marine Sergeant and Summa Western Reserve Hospital Director of Materials Management, Jackson Shatraw will address attendees on the significance of Veterans Day as well as honor those who have served or continue to serve in the Armed Forces.
Summa Western Reserve Hospital Seeking Spiritual Care Volunteers
Summa Western Reserve Hospital is seeking volunteers who would like to help provide spiritual support to comfort patients and visitors at the hospital. Volunteers in this role serve as a spiritual lay person who offers compassion to those who may wish to talk with someone during treatment or service while in the hospital.
Volunteers of all faiths are welcome to apply. Positions have varying hours according to need. Brief training and orientation will be provided. Anyone wishing to provide support to those receiving care may apply.