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For release: November 5, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Akron General and Sound Physicians Reach Agreement on Hospitalist Services
Leading Organization to Provide Care at Akron General Medical Center

Akron General Health System and Sound Physicians, a leading hospitalist organization, have entered into an agreement in which Sound Physicians will provide hospitalist staffing at Akron General Medical Center.

Hospitalists are specially trained physicians who care for patients who are hospitalized.
Hospital medicine is the fastest growing medical specialty in America with more than 30,000 hospitalist physicians practicing in more than fifty percent of hospitals today.

“Akron General is committed to providing compassionate, cost effective, high quality care,” said Alan J. Papa, FACHE, President and Chief Operating Officer of Akron General Health System. “Sound Physicians has a track record of excelling in these areas and we look forward to their contribution to the care of our patients.”

Working with Akron General Medical Center’s leadership team, Sound Physicians will introduce its SoundConnect™ workflow and communications platform and processes to drive improvements in inpatient care outcomes, as well as financial performance. Sound Physicians will also apply its expertise in building high-performing hospitalist practices, including strong physician leadership, revenue cycle management and a track record of physician recruiting success.

“We believe Akron General Medical Center shares our mission to measurably improve the quality and satisfaction of healthcare delivery through exceptional inpatient care,” said Robert Bessler, MD, CEO of Sound Physicians.

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

About Sound Physicians
Sound Physicians is a leading hospitalist organization focused on driving improvements in quality, satisfaction and efficiency of inpatient health care delivery. By investing deeply in outstanding physicians, clinical process excellence and its proprietary workflow and informatics technology, Sound Physicians improves the delivery of inpatient care. Sound Physicians aligns with healthcare providers to measurably enhance patient outcomes and strengthen its partners’ financial performance. The organization is the practice of choice of more than 1,000 hospitalist and post-acute physicians providing inpatient care. To learn more visit:

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