For Release: February 10, 2012
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AKRON, OHIO – The Board of Directors of Akron General Health System today named Thomas L. “Tim” Stover, MD, MBA, as the System’s new President and Chief Executive Officer after former President and CEO Vincent J. McCorkle resigned.
McCorkle resigned following a brief leave of absence due to a serious health condition so that he can spend quality time with his family. "We accept Mr. McCorkle's resignation with deep concern for his health and for his family," said F. William Steere, Chair of the Akron General Health System Board. "Fortunately, we have a strong leadership team in place to continue the very positive progress we've made over the past few years.
"Dr. Stover is a natural choice to lead the System because of his dedication and years of service to Akron General and to the Akron community," Steere said. "He has a passion for providing health care on a local level, and has been a driving force behind Akron General's pioneering approach that emphasizes wellness and prevention as cornerstones to quality care. As a physician and CEO, Dr. Stover understands both the business side of running a health system as well as the practice of medicine. That’s a very strong combination that will carry Akron General forward in the years ahead."
Dr. Stover has been with Akron General since 1993. He has served in leadership positions since 1996, most recently as the President of Outpatient Services.
Until January 2010, Dr. Stover was the Medical Director of Akron General's award-winning Health & Wellness Center in Montrose. Under his leadership, Akron General has expanded its Health & Wellness Centers to other communities; a second one opened in Stow in 2007, a new facility will open in Green next month, and plans are under way to open another in Broadview Heights. Most of the centers include LifeStyles, a medical fitness facility, along with outpatient services and free-standing, full-service Emergency Departments, and ambulatory surgery centers.
In 2006, Dr. Stover was appointed President and Chief Medical Officer of Partners Physician Group, a system-owned premier group practice which has more than 100 physicians from both primary and specialty care fields. He also served as Medical Director for the Care Management Program at Akron General Medical Center and for three years hosted a weekly radio show on timely healthcare topics. He practiced medicine as an OB/GYN in his home state of West Virginia before moving to Akron in 1981.
Dr. Stover received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from West Virginia University, and completed his internship and residency in OB/GYN in 1976 at Akron City Hospital. He completed business courses at The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and at the Wharton School of Management before completing his MBA in 2001 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
"We are very optimistic about the future of Akron General under Dr. Stover's leadership," said Steere. "During the past year, the Board of Directors has worked in unison with Akron General's team to adopt a strong strategic plan. We will continue moving forward, guided by that plan, to strengthen the System and carry out our Mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities we serve." Steere cited recent successes, including:
- Recruitment of new physicians in several different specialties including cardiology, to strengthen Akron General Partners Physician Group's already comprehensive ranks;
- Agreements to create the area’s first Plastic Surgery Institute, the Neuroscience Institute and the Center of Excellence for Urology Care to address significant health needs in the community;
- New breakthrough surgical procedures in cardiology and laparo-endoscopy and new technology for more accurate diagnosis and innovative treatment strategies for lung cancers; and
- A new joint venture, Integrated Wellness Partners, formed with Signet Development, Ltd., to offer Akron General's innovative health and wellness programs to health systems, universities and municipalities across the country.
Akron General was ranked as "High-Performing" in six medical specialties in U.S. News Media & World Report's 2011-12 "Best Hospitals" rankings, which showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country's top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area. Akron General, which is ranked in the Akron metro area, earned the honors this year for its work in gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, pulmonology and urology.
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 it serves. 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 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 Us.