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March 8, 2013 12:00 AM - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROOTSTOWN, OHIO

Contact: Heather Bing, hbing@neomed.edu, 330.325.6675

NEOMED Announces Details for New Health, Wellness and Medical Education Complex

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) continues to transform its grounds with more than $160 million in campus expansion efforts that include a research and graduate education building, residential housing, and the announcement of a health, wellness and medical education complex.

The health, wellness and medical education complex, a 177,338-square-foot structure that will house numerous community-facing services such as fitness and pool facilities, conference and catering services, and retail entities, is being constructed by Signet Development, an Akron-based developer who is also responsible for the Village at NEOMED, the University’s first-ever on-campus residential housing.

Along with the developer, the University has announced the first two tenants who intend to lease space in the complex—Integrated Wellness Partners, a joint venture between Akron General Health System and Signet Enterprises, which plans to establish a medical fitness center open to NEOMED students, faculty and staff as well as the community, and Akron General Health System, which plans to offer physical therapy and warm water therapy services.

“Our campus is transforming to meet the current and future needs of our students, employees, communities and beyond, and we couldn’t be happier to announce the support and collaboration of several local partners as we head into the final component of this tremendous growth and expansion,” said Jay A. Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D., president of NEOMED. “Our mission of education, research and service finds home in our new health, wellness and medical education complex, and we thank Signet, Akron General and Integrated Wellness Partners for joining us to improve the health, economy and quality of life in Northeast Ohio.”

The final facility will house a fitness center, pools, therapy services, classroom and lecture hall space, a retail pharmacy, primary care offices, eateries and other retail services. It will also become the home of the University’s existing Ralph Regula Conference & Event Center as well as Bio-Med Science Academy, the rural STEM+M school located on the University’s campus.

“We are truly honored to be a part of the extraordinary campus transformation at NEOMED,” said Tony Manna, chairman of Signet Enterprises, LLC and Integrated Wellness Partners, LLC. “And our team is delighted to collaborate with the University on a project that will enrich the academic experience for NEOMED students, enhance the delivery of health care services for the community, and create a hub of activity on-campus for all of Portage County. This project will encourage wellness, spur innovation, and provide NEOMED with a world-class facility that will enhance its competitive position in the market for decades to come.”

The collaboration between the partners demonstrates their shared initiatives to serve the needs of the local communities, the region and beyond.

“Akron General has prided itself for many years as being the area’s clear leader in health and wellness services for the communities we serve,” said Thomas L. “Tim” Stover, M.D., president and CEO of Akron General. “This latest partnership with NEOMED is a natural result of our strategy to broaden the geographic reach of our health and wellness programs.”

The health, wellness and medical education complex will be constructed on the east side of campus along State Route 44 and will connect with the existing facility. It is slated for completion in summer 2014 following the completion of the research and graduate education building (summer 2013) and residential housing village (fall 2013).

About Northeast Ohio Medical University
Northeast Ohio Medical University is a community-based, public medical university with a mission to improve the quality of health care in Northeast Ohio working in collaboration with its educational and clinical partners. With a focus on scientific and medical research, and the interprofessional training of health professionals that is unique to the state of Ohio, the University offers a doctor of medicine (M.D.) and a doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, in addition to graduate-level coursework and research opportunities leading to master’s and doctoral degrees in other medical areas. Northeast Ohio Medical University is a founding member of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. Visit www.neomed.edu.

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 532-registered-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. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the seventh best hospital in Ohio and 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 www.akrongeneral.org.

About Integrated Wellness Partners
Integrated Wellness Partners (IWP) unites two industry leaders to offer comprehensive, turnkey development, finance, and health & wellness management solutions to health systems, universities, and municipalities across the country and around the globe. We have proven experience and the resources to help our clients bring wellness to their communities. Our principals provide highly specialized knowledge and expertise in distinct disciplines including health & wellness operations, real estate development, and financial solutions. Through the collective experience and success of Akron General and Signet Development, Ltd., IWP is the leading provider of comprehensive health & wellness services, offering creative solutions for your development, finance, and health & wellness center management challenges as Integrated Wellness Partners. With decades of experience and national accolades operating and managing health & wellness facilities in Greater Akron, Akron General offers collective expertise and intellectual capital to the national health & wellness marketplace. Signet Development, one of the country's premier developers of both public and private real estate projects, bring more than twenty years of experience and successful project execution to Integrated Wellness Partners and the national health & wellness market.

About Signet Development
Signet Development is a premier provider of turnkey development, finance, and project management services with a wide range of experience creating solutions for healthcare providers, institutions of higher education, and public-private partnerships. As strategic real estate and capital partners, Signet delivers creative financial solutions while also providing global project coordination, construction management, and facility management for each project.



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