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For release: June 11, 2013

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Akron General Marks 40 Years of Training Emergency Physicians
Specialty Has Roots at Akron General; Oldest Community Based Residency Program

For 40 years, physicians from all over the country have traveled to Akron to receive their medical training in the specialty of emergency medicine at Akron General. Akron General has the oldest community based emergency residency-training program in the world. This leadership and legacy will be celebrated in a series of events at Akron General in mid-June.

The year was 1973. Akron General gastroenterologist C.C. “Gus” Roussi took notice of a course of medical study that was entirely new. The first residency Emergency Medicine practice, established in 1961, was the talk of the medical world. In 1970, the University of Cincinnati started the first Emergency Medicine training program. Realizing the lifesaving potential of emergency medicine, Dr. Roussi formed a medical staff task force and brought the first Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program to Akron at Akron General. Since then, 213 emergency medicine specialists have been trained at Akron General, saving lives in emergency departments around the world.

“Few had the vision and foresight of Dr. Roussi,” said Nicholas Jouriles, MD, Chair, Emergency Medicine at the Akron General Health System. “He put Akron on the map as a major center for emergency medicine training.”

Today, Akron General’s Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program remains a robust epicenter for education and practical training with 27 residents in the program, eight of whom are set to graduate in June.

“We are proud of our program, its quality and the legacy of caring we have sustained for four decades,” said Dr. Jouriles. “With its beginnings at the dawn of the specialty, Akron General’s emergency physicians and residents in training have benefited from the tremendous length and breadth of experience of our program since it started 40 years ago.”

The 40th anniversary of the Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program at Akron General will be celebrated with a series of events including a barbecue, golf tournament and continuing medical education session.

Akron became the first city in the world to host two emergency medicine training programs when Akron City Hospital started a program in 1978.

More than 125 million patients visit America’s emergency departments every year.

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care 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. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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