Clinical & Operational

Vote for Design Food Challenge Sculptures

As part of Harvest for Hunger’s Design Food Challenge competition, employees formed teams to design and build food sculptures out of canned or boxed food items. These sculptures are now displayed in our lobbies across the health system as well as online.

Visit the voting locations in the cafeterias on Akron and Barberton Campus as well as the Corporate Office between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day this week to vote in person. In person donations can be made with cash or check. You can also vote online through 5 p.m. April 19. Each $1 = 1 vote.

All donations benefit the Harvest for Hunger campaign which provides meals to feed the hungry in our community. In addition, each donation also counts in our Compete to Eat Challenge with Akron General and Akron Children’s Hospital.

What to Do:
View and vote for your favorite sculpture with a donation by clicking here.

Virtual Visits Available 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Every Day

Virtual Visit is a telemedicine solution providing Summa Health employees virtual access to receive a diagnosis and treatment for more than 20 common medical conditions. You have access to Summa Health physicians directly through a smartphone, tablet or computer seven days a week 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The program is free of charge and available to all Summa Health employees and members of their immediate household who are enrolled in our employer-sponsored SummaCare healthcare plan.

New users to the system as of February 26, 2019, and later:

  1. Log into the Virtual Visit system at You will need to create an account. Make sure to enter 'group benefits'.
  2. Answer some questions about your symptoms. Then, your information is sent to a Summa Health provider, where they’ll make a diagnosis.
  3. Within an hour, you’ll receive your results and follow-up care instructions in a text message or email. If a prescription is needed, it will be sent to the pharmacy of your choice.

If your profile was set-up prior to February 26, 2019, you will need to update it before entering the system or else you will be charged $30 for your visit.

  1. Log into the Virtual Visit system at Choose “Start a Visit” or “Log In”.
  2. After logging in, under your name choose “View Profile and History”.
  3. In the upper right corner of the info box select “Edit Profile”.
  4. Half way down the page, locate 'group benefit' and from the drop down box select “Summa Health Employee” and then enter your employee ID. For any of your dependents that are insured under your Summa Care Plan, select “Summa Health Employer Health Plan” and enter your Summa Care Insurance Group ID.
  5. After entering this info click “Update Profile” at the bottom of the page and the visits will remain free.

What to Do:

  • Click here to view step-by-step instructions for updating your profile.
  • Contact Lucas Smith, Director of Ambulatory Services, with questions at 234.312.5384.

Discounted Pharmacy Pricing

Discounted pharmacy pricing is available through the NewHealthConnect Summa Health medical plan!

Summa Health pharmacies located on the Akron and Barberton campuses offer employees and their eligible dependents enrolled in the NewHealthConnect Summa Health medical plan discounted pharmacy drug pricing on maintenance (long-term) prescriptions. You may continue to utilize these pharmacies or have the option of transferring your prescriptions from another network pharmacy to them to receive the discounted pricing.

Please Note: As always, the mail order pharmacy services through MedImpact Direct, provides you with the deepest maintenance prescription discounts available for a 90-day supply.

What to Do:

  • Visit to find your prescription drug tier to determine your pharmacy co-pay.
  • Transfer your prescription from another network pharmacy to Summa Health Akron or Barberton pharmacy to receive discounted maintenance drug pricing.
  • To learn more about MedImpact mail order, go to or call 855.873.9739.

New Tower Video Tour, Part 3

Part 3 of our New Tower Video Tour is now available online. Watch Ed Friedl as he gives a guided tour of labor and delivery, including the triage unit, C-section OR and NICU, as well as same-day surgery and main lobby.

What to Do:
Watch all the New Tower Video Tours here. Scroll down to the last one to view Part 3.

Virtues Restaurant Closing Early

Virtues Restaurant will be closing at 2 p.m. on Friday April 19, 2019. We will re-open for normal business hours on Monday, April 22, 2019.

What to Do:
Visit Virtues Restaurant when it reopens on Monday, April 22.

2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award

The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) Energy & Sustainability Program has earned a 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding efforts in energy efficiency program delivery. OHA’s accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2019.

The nationally recognized OHA Energy & Sustainability Program supports Ohio hospitals’ mission to optimize operating costs and be more environmentally sustainable. Member hospitals, which include Summa Health System – Akron and St. Thomas Campuses, have access to OHA services such as ENERGY STAR Benchmarking, advocacy, energy rebates and energy procurement. In 2018, participating members achieved $9.6 million in energy savings, rebates, and educational benefits from the program.

What to Do:
Click here to learn more about the OHA Energy and Sustainability Program.

Superstars at SAMS

Two members of Summa Health Anticoagulation Management Service (SAMS) were recently recognized.

Betty Jarvis has been awarded a Care Beyond Award for RN. The purpose of this award is to recognize an RN who has gone above and beyond aligning their behaviors and care for our patients with our institutional commitments.

Ally Schrock has been awarded Preceptor of the Year from NEOMED. This award celebrates preceptors who serve as excellent teachers, role models and promote the profession of pharmacy.

What to Do:
Please congratulate both Betty and Ally on their recent awards.

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Issue 258 - April 11, 2019