2019 Employee Voice Survey

All Summa Health employees received an invitation to participate in the 2019 Employee Voice Survey administered by the consulting firm Press Ganey. It will only take a few minutes to complete, is confidential and mobile-friendly. Your opinions will provide valuable information on how we can improve employee engagement here at Summa Health. All employees will receive feedback on the survey results and action plans will be developed based on the results. Your participation is strongly encouraged and greatly appreciated.

Watch for prize drawings each week for participants. Take the survey early to increase your chance to win a prize. Be a Hero and provide your valuable feedback.

What to Do:
Follow this link to take the survey now.

Dishing with Dave Nominees

Dishing with Dave meets the second Monday of each month to reward and recognize employees on Akron and St. Thomas Campuses who exemplify Our Commitments. The group is typically comprised of 15-20 employees who are nominated by their managers or co-workers from all areas of the hospitals. These employees meet with Dr. Custodio, President of Akron & St. Thomas Campuses, and discuss commitments, events and concerns, while enjoying an ice cream sundae bar.

What to Do:

  • Click here to view this month’s winners.
  • Congratulate these individuals for their efforts.

Available Now… Summa’s First Virtual Benefits Fair

What is a ‘Virtual Benefits Fair’? A virtual benefits fair is a new way for you and your family members to learn and explore your benefit choices for 2020. Through one central website, you have greater access to HR support, educational tools, documents, videos, questions and answers, and direct links to our benefit vendors.

Why should I visit the Virtual Benefits Fair?

Through the comfort of your own home, and at your convenience, you can explore our website today! The Virtual Benefits Fair will be live through November 12.

What to Do:

Fall PTO/Vacation Cash-in Program for Hourly Employees Begins Today

Eligible hourly employees accruing PTO including the Akron Campus bargaining unit employees with vacation hours, may cash-in a minimum of four (4) hours, up to a maximum of 100 hours of PTO/Vacation for 2019. A minimum of 40 hours must remain in the employee’s PTO/Vacation bank, as of their paycheck Oct. 3, 2019.

The cash-in will begin Oct. 3, 2019, through the deadline of Oct. 16, 2019. PTO/Vacation hours will be paid at 75 percent of the employee’s rate of pay on Oct. 31.

What to Do:

Flu Clinics
Employee Health will begin offering the flu vaccine to employees starting Oct. 7. All employees must receive the vaccine and/or show proof of receiving the vaccine by Nov. 11.

What to Do:

  • Click here to view dates and times of flu clinics throughout Summa Health.
  • Get your flu shot by Nov. 11.

Get to Know Our New Physicians

Congratulations to the following physicians who recently joined Summa Health Medical Group:

Dr. Wissam Alajaji recently joined Summa Health Medical Group – Cardiology as a hospitalist. He is located at the 95 Arch St, Suite 300, Akron. For more information, call 330.253.8195.

Dr. Alissa Banyasz, a physician with Summa Health Medical Group – Psychology, is located at 75 Arch St, Suite 410, Akron. To learn more, visit or call 330.375.7474.

Dr. Jessica Clemons, a physician with Summa Health Medical Group – Obstetrics & Gynecology, is located at 201 5th St NE, Suite 6, Barberton; 195 Wadsworth Rd, Suite 301 Wadsworth; and 3780 Medina Rd, Suite 200, Medina. For additional information, visit or call 330.869.9777.

Dr. Bitan Ghosh, a physician with Summa Health Medical Group – Internal Medicine, is currently located at the Summa Health Tallmadge Medical Center, 60 North Avenue, Tallmadge. She will be relocating to Boston Heights in 2020. For details, call 330.630.9726.

Dr. Samer Shaker recently joined Summa Health Medical Group – Internal Medicine as a hospitalist.

What to Do:
Please welcome our new physicians to Summa Health.

SummaCare’s Medicare Advantage Plans Now Available

Beginning October 15, Medicare-eligible individuals may select comprehensive and affordable medical and pharmacy benefits from one of SummaCare’s expanded list of Medicare Advantage plans for 2020. For those who reside in Northeast Ohio, SummaCare has six plan options. The two new plans for 2020, which also offer new benefits such as acupuncture/therapeutic massage and behavioral health treatment, are:

  • Garnet: An HMO plan with a low premium and the most generous supplemental benefits of any SummaCare plan
  • Amber: A $0 premium HMO plan that includes medical benefits only. This plan may appeal to those who do not need prescription drug coverage, including veterans

To learn more, attend the SummaCare Medicare Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 16 at the Goodyear Hall and Theater. The event will feature several health and wellness activities, a live WAKR radio broadcast and refreshments and entertainment.

Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period runs through December 7.

What to Do:

  • Call 888.956.5716 (TTY 800.750.0750) for more information.
  • Visit SummaCare’s website at for details.
  • Attend the SummaCare Medicare Expo on October 16 to learn more.

Phase 2 of Summa Health Master Facility Plan

This week, we announced plans for the construction of a 60-bed inpatient and outpatient behavioral health facility on the Summa Health System – Akron Campus. The new building, part of Phase 2 of the facility plan, represents an investment of approximately $60 million and will create an integrated, state-of-the-art space that allows for a partial hospitalization program and enhanced integration with intensive outpatient services, including psychiatry, addiction medicine and traumatic stress. In addition, the new facility will enable us to move the detox program to an acute medical setting, while also preserving and honoring the heritage of both Ignatia Hall and Alcoholics Anonymous. Groundbreaking on the new building is expected to take place in summer 2020, with completion scheduled for 2022.

Other key components of Phase 2 of the facility plan include beginning the process of renovating units in the previous patient tower on the Akron Campus to achieve a higher private bed ratio, significant unit renovations to allow for the transition of all services currently provided at the St. Thomas Campus to the Akron Campus and demolition of the School of Nursing on the Akron Campus. No decisions have been made about the future of the St. Thomas Campus; however, we will vacate the facility at the end of Phase 2 of the Master Facility Plan.

What to Do:
Watch for additional details in the coming weeks and months.

New Patient Care Story

Check out our most recent patient care story featuring Karlise Brown, who sings Dr. Isada's praises for healing her heart.

What to Do:
Watch her story here.

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Issue 283 - October 3, 2019