Once again, Akron General Medical Center has been named to the prestigious list of hospitals honored as the best in America by U.S. News and World Report in their annual listing of Best Hospitals 2013-14. Akron General was nationally ranked (39) in otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat – ENT) and in pulmonology (43). In addition, Akron General was named as the 5th best hospital in Ohio, up from 7th in 2012. Akron General also maintained its claim as the best hospital in Summit County.
Outstanding nursing care has long been the hallmark of Akron General and was again validated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which bestowed “Magnet” status on Akron General and the more than 1,000 nurses who work at Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s three Health & Wellness Centers.
ANCC, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, grants Magnet status when a healthcare organization reflects nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. Fewer than 400 of the country’s 6,000-plus hospitals have earned this prestigious honor during ANCC’s 24 years of awarding Magnet designation.
Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence. To achieve Magnet recognition, Akron General had to pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demanded widespread participation from leadership and staff and, ultimately, proved that the organization met national benchmarks for several criteria, including patient outcomes and satisfaction, nursing practice, education and involvement in decision-making.
Accredited by Joint Commission for Stroke
Primary Stroke Center as designated by Joint Commission
Akron General Medical Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval ™ for stroke care. The Joint Commission, a prestigious national hospital accrediting organization, has awarded Akron General Medical Center a Primary Stroke Center Certification. Akron General earned this distinction after the Joint Commission conducted an on-site review in December, 2004.
The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association's statements/guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program - the nation's first - in 2003.
Akron General's stroke program brings to the bedside the best practices which translate into positive outcomes for patients. A perennial leader in offering innovative, life-saving diagnostic and treatment modalities for stroke, Akron General Medical Center is one of a few selected medical centers in Ohio that participate in nationwide clinical trials which evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new techniques for the acute treatment of stroke.
A crucial element in effective stroke treatment is the time it takes to provide treatment. Akron General Medical Center's Stroke Team, including board certified critical care physicians, is available 24 hours, seven days a week, and is able to evaluate a patient presenting with stroke symptoms within five minutes of their arrival.
Akron General's Stroke Program is involved with the latest clinical trials, making the most innovative treatments for stroke available to area patients.
Level I Trauma Center
Excellent care for every emergency
A Level I Trauma Center, as designated by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Akron General Medical Center offers the technology, expertise and staffing to treat all injuries regardless of severity. Operating rooms, diagnostic services and trauma specialists are on-call 24 hours a day.
All emergencies are about recovery, but it's especially important to trauma victims. More severe injuries may require additional or specialized medical attention, now and in the future. Akron General provides patients with comprehensive care from the time of injury all the way to recovery. This includes treatment while admitted and after discharge, such as therapy and rehabilitation.
Our verification as a Level I Trauma Center also means that Akron General Medical Center seeks ways to help speed up and improve urgent care delivery through clinical research and education of healthcare professionals involved in trauma care - from the time of injury all the way to rehabilitation.
Chest Pain Center
Summit County's first accredited Chest Pain Center
Akron General Medical Center is Summit County’s first accredited Chest Pain Center, a designation granted by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and Providers.
To earn status as a Chest Pain Center, hospitals receiving accreditation must successfully complete the Society's formal process in eight key areas: Emergency Department integration with the Emergency Medical System; Emergency assessment of patients with symptoms of possible acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and timely diagnosis and treatment of ACS; assessment of patients determined to have low to moderate risk for ACS; functional facility design; personnel, competencies and training; organizational structure; process improvement orientation; and community outreach programs.
American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer
Outstanding Achievement Award
Akron General's McDowell Cancer Institute is the only Akron cancer hospital to receive an Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer. We offer the newest therapies, diagnostics and surgical techniques to help minimize side effects and improve outcomes.
Akron General participates in National Cancer Institute (NCI) sponsored clinical trials, as well as pharmaceutical industry sponsored trials. Membership in six NCI cooperative groups provides our patients with access to a wide menu of clinical trials. The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, the accrediting body for cancer centers nationwide, recommends a 6 percent accrual rate for commendation status. We have annually met or exceeded that benchmark.
A nationally recognized wellness philosophy
Nearly 20 years ago, Akron General took its first step down a previously untraveled road. The organization believed that the future of medicine would shift from a sick-care, inpatient environment to a more comprehensive model structured around prevention, wellness and the delivery of outpatient services. With that first step, Akron General constructed its first Health & Wellness Center.
Since then, Akron General has offered innovative outpatient services through its Health & Wellness Center model, which incorporates integrated outpatient clinical care, prevention and rehabilitation. At the three Health & Wellness Centers, patients have access to 24-hour, free-standing emergency rooms, radiology, cardiac and pulmonary testing, intensive outpatient psychiatry, lab services, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, a wide variety of primary and specialty care physicians, as well as a sleep center and the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Health & Wellness – West.
“Our goal has always been to shift the business model from reactive sick care to preventive well care. We’ve layered prevention with healthcare delivery outside of the hospital. We’re delivering integrated outpatient care that has kept our patients out of the hospital, treated their acute needs and helped them return to a state of wellness after injury or illness – these Centers represent the true continuum of care,” said Akron General President & CEO Thomas “Tim” Stover, MD, MBA.
Additionally, the Centers are home to LifeStyles, Akron General’s award-winning, medically supervised fitness program, as well as a wide range of wellness services, including nutritional counseling. Since 1999, Akron General LifeStyles at our Health & Wellness Centers close to Akron, Ohio has been named as Club Industry magazine's number-one hospital-owned fitness center in the country and has received countless other national, regional and local awards.
The LifeStyles model drives change in biometric measures and incorporates medical oversight right on the fitness floor. Rehabilitation for cardiac and physical therapy patients is done side-by-side with members who are exercising to stay well, as well as those who may have already graduated from rehabilitation.