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For release: July 16, 2013

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Akron General Ranks Among the Nation’s Best Hospitals
National Ranking for Otolaryngology and Pulmonology
Ranked 5th Best Hospital in Ohio, Best in Summit County

Once again, Akron General Medical Center has been named to the prestigious list of hospitals honored as the best in America by U.S. News and World Report in their annual listing of Best Hospitals 2013-14. Akron General was nationally ranked (39) in otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat – ENT) and in pulmonology (43). In addition, Akron General was named as the 5th best hospital in Ohio, up from 7th in 2012. Akron General also maintained its claim as the best hospital in Summit County.

Akron General was also honored by U.S. News and World Report as “High-Performing” in 10 medical specialties: Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and Urology. The quality of the cancer care provided at Akron General’s McDowell Cancer Center lead to the addition of the cancer specialty to Akron General’s “High-Performing” rankings this year.

“We are honored to be included again this year in this most impressive list of America’s Best Hospitals,” says Thomas L. “Tim” Stover, MD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer, Akron General Health System. “These rankings are indicative of the superb, high-quality care provided by our dedicated physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and our entire staff every day. They have my sincere gratitude for making Akron General the premier provider of outstanding healthcare in our area.”

On the nationally ranked list, Akron General garnered strong gains from last year. Akron General improved this year with the addition of pulmonary care to the nationally ranked list (43).

"The designation as being among the best in the nation for pulmonary care is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Akron General pulmonary team," says Timothy C. Murray, MD, Chief of Pulmonary Services at Akron General. "We are pleased to receive this high recognition."

Akron General also moved up in its national ranking in otolaryngology, up to 39th from 49.

"It is quite an honor to be listed as among the best in the nation in the field of otolaryngology,” says Bruce M. Sterman, MD, Chief of Otolaryngology at Akron General. "We're pleased to be ranking nationally again this year."

In addition to treating conditions of the ears, nose and throat, the Akron General program overseen by Dr. Sterman provides treatment for head and neck cancers.

Akron General’s commitment to wellness is the lead subject in a major feature article in U.S. News & World Report. Review it online at:

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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