For Release: October 5, 2011
Pamela Jordan Handley, Kaiser Permanente, 216-479-5243 (office)
Jim Gosky, Akron General Health System, 330-344-6083 (office) firstname.lastname@example.org
CLEVELAND — Kaiser Permanente announces that it is entering into an agreement with Akron General Health System, effective January 1, 2012, to serve Kaiser Permanente members in the Akron area. The new agreement with Akron General Health System is designed to optimize a mutual dedication to coordinated care.
"This new, multi-year agreement with Akron General is an excellent fit with Kaiser Permanente because of our shared vision of collaborating for the mutual benefit of Kaiser Permanente members by investing in and improving the total health of the people and communities we serve," said Patricia D. Kennedy-Scott, Regional President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Ohio.
The agreement with Akron General also complements members' enhanced access to Kaiser Permanente's unique model of coordinated care. Three new medical offices are opening by the end of 2011 in North Canton, Kent, and Medina, bringing the total number of Kaiser Permanente medical offices in Northeast Ohio to 15.
"Akron General is very pleased to partner with Kaiser Permanente," said Vincent J. McCorkle, President and CEO of Akron General Health System. "We have been the area's preeminent leader in health and wellness for nearly 20 years, and Kaiser has long been known for its preventive care model. It’s a perfect match of two organizations with similar philosophies of providing the best care to all Northeast Ohioans."
Kaiser Permanente members will benefit from this new relationship through convenient access to:
specialty and hospital-based services
ambulatory care, and
physical rehabilitation services
offered throughout Akron General Health System, including Akron General Medical Center, which was honored with the prestigious National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award; the state-of-the-art Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute in Cuyahoga Falls; and Lodi Community Hospital, which recently was awarded a sixth consecutive patient satisfaction award.
Ronald L. Copeland, MD, FACS, President and Executive Medical Director, Ohio Permanente Medical Group, explained that the new relationship opens the door to shared collaboration on best medical practices, wellness programs, preventive health services, and other health care initiatives. "Kaiser Permanente believes in a preventive 'plus' approach to health that enables people to thrive. The new relationship with Akron General enhances this approach."
ABOUT KAISER PERMANENTE
In northeast Ohio, Kaiser Permanente addresses the health care needs of approximately 110,000 members in a nine county area. Services are provided by more than 175 Ohio Permanente Medical Group physicians, more than 1,900 non-physician employees, and numerous network affiliated physicians. Kaiser Permanente of Ohio holds the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) "Excellent" accreditation ratings for our HMO and Medicare products. Kaiser Permanente of Ohio received the "2011 Partner for Change Award" from Practice Greenhealth, and Fast Company magazine rated Kaiser Permanente the fifth most innovative health care company in the world. In 2011, Kaiser Permanente of Ohio celebrates 47 years of providing care in Northeast Ohio. Kaiser Permanente is the nation's largest not-for-profit health plan, serving approximately 8.8 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. For more information, go to: www.kp.org.
ABOUT AKRON GENERAL HEALTH SYSTEM
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities we serve. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area's largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Development Foundation. Akron General has earned the prestigious National Research Corporation (NRC) Consumer Choice Award for 14 years. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit about Akron General.