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For Release: April 5, 2012

Jim Gosky 330.344.6083,
Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,

Akron General, Leadership Akron Launching Tony Gorant Community Leadership Institute

Akron General Health System is partnering with Leadership Akron to create a Community Leadership Institute named for the late Akron General executive, Tony Gorant.

The Tony Gorant Community Leadership Institute will involve 16 executives, directors and managers from Akron General, providing them a series of experiences that focus on community leadership. Participants will explore a range of topics including social services, economic health, healthy children and families, and healthy civic life. Participants will work with organizations that are best-in-class in these areas, drawing insights on community leadership and exploring how Akron General can better link with other organizations to benefit the community. Ann Otto, Ph.D., a member of Leadership Akron Alumni Association who specializes in organizational development and human resources consulting, will facilitate the Institute.

"This program emphasizes Akron General’s commitment to community service for our leadership," said Don Corpora, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the Akron General Health System. “It will give participants a better understanding of our community and its resources.”

Following a 42-year career with Ohio Edison, Gorant spent 15 years as Senior Vice President of Community Affairs for Akron General Health System. His philanthropic and civic involvement were exemplary, and his leadership was central to Akron General’s advancement as a health care organization. A 1987 graduate of Leadership Akron’s third class, Gorant cared deeply about making the community a better place and encouraged others to do the same. The Institute will create a lasting legacy in recognition of Gorant’s dedication to Akron General and the Akron community.

Participating in the inaugural class will be Holly Reardon, Nancy Doolittle, Dave Fiser, Kim Strubel, Steve Bossart, Chris Hinman, Evelyn Burkhart, Steve Abdenour, Karen Mullen, Gary Tomcho, Dr. Todd Meyerhoefer, Susan Spencer, Lee Sahadi, Dr. Larry Emelhainz, Dr. David Peter and Carol Icsman. A 2004 graduate of Leadership Akron, Sue Hobson, Director of Community Health at Akron General and a member of the Institute's planning committee, will also attend the sessions to lend support.

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 out of 16 years. Recently, Becker’s Hospital Review named Akron General Medical Center one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit About Us.

About Leadership Akron
For 28 years, Leadership Akron has equipped participants for community involvement and leadership. The signature program offers intensive study of community issues and interaction with top decision-makers, enabling participants to expand their effectiveness as community leaders. For more information on Leadership Akron and the variety of programs offered, visit

Date Updated: 24-APR-2012

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