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For release: June 26, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Akron General Director receives national award

Akron General Director of Physician Relations Dennis Nordquest has been named the 2012-2013 “Outstanding National Host Client” by Practice Management Institute (PMI). Chosen nationally from among hundreds of PMI hospitals, medical society, physician service group and program host partners, Nordquest has been recognized by PMI for his exceptional networking and relationship-building abilities, and for his outstanding commitment to his organization’s physician community. Nordquest has become the years’ stand-out advocate on the importance of accessibility of education to the physician and staff.

“Mr. Nordquest has by example taken the role of program host to the next level. His ability to utilize education as a vehicle for building close bonds between Akron General and its affiliated providers and staff, is second to none. It’s what other individuals in his role around the country are wanting to achieve,” said Michael Moore, Director of Outreach, Network and Business Development for PMI.

PMI is the training, networking and credentialing source for medical office professionals. For more than 25 years, physicians and their staff have looked to PMI for skills that contribute to a more efficient, profitable and compliant office. Classes are hosted in over 300 of the nation’s leading hospitals, medical societies and colleges. PMI awards certification by exam to accomplished medical office coding, reimbursement, compliance, and management professionals. In all, more than 17,000 medical office professionals have earned their credentials through PMI.

Nordquest resides in Hudson.

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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