Akron General Medical Center is recognized by several prestigious independent national organizations for its clinical excellence.
The Leapfrog Group, a hospital safety and quality monitoring organization that counts many of the nation’s largest corporations, named Akron General Medical Center among the nation’s top 50 hospitals for hospital quality and patient safety.
Akron General Medical Center is involved in nearly 200 clinical research protocols that span the spectrum of medical specialties including cardiovascular medicine and cardiac surgery, orthopaedics, gynecology, emergency medicine, trauma and cancer. With clinical trial recruitment levels well above national standards, Akron General Medical Center is a center for the advancement of new therapeutics and devices.
Akron General Medical Center is one of Northeast Ohio's best hospitals to practice medicine because it is also one of Northeast Ohio's most comprehensive centers for learning medicine. In collaboration with Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) and other respected medical schools, Akron General offers clinical training to medical students, pharmacists, residents, paramedics, nurses and a variety of healthcare learners. Prospective residents may select from one of ten training programs in various and diverse fields. The Medical Center also offers numerous continuing medical education including endowed lectureships, clinical symposiums and medical grand rounds.
Through access to a 10,000 square-foot Kenneth Calhoun Research Lab and national clinical trials, physicians have the opportunity to uncover the real life issues of basic science and explore the challenges and complexities of identifying the most up-to-date treatments. Akron General offers active clinical research programs in cardiovascular medicine, musculoskeletal, critical care medicine and emergency medicine, just to name a few.
Akron General Medical Center is certified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level I Trauma Center, meaning that Akron General offers the technology, expertise and staffing to treat all injuries - even the most severe. Akron General is also committed to injury prevention, community education and research that result in better care.
The Society of Chest Pain Centers has also certified Akron General Medical Center as an Accredited Chest Pain Center. In certifying the Medical Center, the Society of Chest Pain Centers has given Akron General the additional certification of Chest Pain Center with PCI. This means that Akron General is capable of acute interventions to open an artery in a heart attack and also has the necessary backup for surgical intervention, if necessary. Akron General has Summit County’s first accredited Chest Pain Center.
The Joint Commission, the pre-eminent national hospital accrediting organization, has certified Akron General Medical Center as a Primary Stroke Center.
The American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer (COC) has recognized the Akron General McDowell Cancer Center with its Outstanding Achievement Award. It's the only Akron hospital to receive this award.
Akron General Medical Center is one of 277 hospitals in the United States recognized by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines SM (GWTG) program for its performance achievement in cardiac and stroke patient care. The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association’s GWTG program is a quality-improvement program that helps hospitals ensure that patients consistently receive cardiac and stroke care in accordance with the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations.
Akron General Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute recently received its three-year re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Every three years, Edwin Shaw submits to a thorough inspection of its programs, facilities, policies and procedures by surveyors from CARF.