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For release: September 4, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Akron General celebrates 100 years by renaming street
Wabash changes to Akron General Avenue

Akron General Health System celebrated the renaming of the street of its Medical Center address at a special renaming ceremony held on September 4, in front of the medical center, 400 Wabash Ave., Akron. The street was renamed from Wabash Avenue to Akron General Avenue as a kick-off to Akron General’s 100th anniversary in 2014.

Almost 200 employees, board members, patients and local dignitaries were in attendance, including Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic, Summit County Executive Russ Pry, Akron City Council President Garry Moneypenny, City Councilor Margo Sommerville and Summit County Councilor Tamela Lee. Jack DeLeo, President and CEO of Hitchcock, Fleming and Associates, the honorary co-chair of the Akron General 100th anniversary celebration, was the emcee for the event.

“This is a great health care facility we have here that provides great health care and great jobs… The renaming of the street is a reminder of Akron General’s commitment to this community and to this city’s commitment to this great health care provider,” said Mayor Don Plusquellic.

“Akron General is the leader out there for how the future of health care will be different in the next 100 years,” said Summit County Executive Russ Pry.

“We are pleased to call the street that leads to our front door, Akron General Avenue,” said Thomas L. “Tim” Stover, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Akron General Health System. “This renaming is a great event to begin our anniversary celebration, which will serve as a reminder of the legacy of caring provided to our community for the last 100 years, and mark a new era of service and outstanding health and wellness care to those who need our help.”

Akron General was founded in 1914 as People’s Hospital with “Service for All” as its core mission. Today, Akron General is a major integrated health system, providing a comprehensive array of health care, hospital and wellness services throughout Summit and Medina Counties. In addition, Akron General Medical Center is an academic center for physician training and a regional Level-1 trauma center.

The Akron General 100th Anniversary celebration will continue through 2014 with a series of events, highlighted by a major community gala planned for August 23, 2014.

Akron City Council recently approved the street name change in accord with local ordinances. Akron General owns the property on both sides of the street along the entire stretch of Wabash Avenue. The new address of the medical center is 1 Akron General Avenue.
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; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth 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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