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For release: December 18, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Akron General radio program gets a new home
Akron General Health Connection to air weekly on NewsRadio WTAM 1100AM

Building on its mission to improve the health and lives of the people and communities it serves, Akron General Health System is expanding the reach of its long-time, weekly radio program by airing it on NewsRadio WTAM 1100 in Cleveland, Ohio. Starting January 4, 2014, the new, hour-long Akron General Health Connection with Dr. Debbie Plate will be heard every Saturday morning at 7 a.m. on WTAM.

“I am thrilled to be able to reach out and help a wider audience understand the complexities of health care, and help even more people improve their overall health,” said Dr. Plate. “For the last five years, I have been privileged to be welcomed into peoples’ homes over the radio. I look forward to continuing our current audience relationships and reaching out to many new listeners throughout Northeastern Ohio.” Since 2008, Dr. Plate has been the host of the Akron General Good Health Hour, heard on WAKR Radio in Akron, Ohio.

Akron General Health Connection will provide listeners with late breaking medical news and information. The program will feature special guests, invite medical questions from listeners, and provide a forum for timely discussion on pertinent health issues.

“I’m pleased to have Akron General Health Connection added to our weekend line-up and I’m looking forward to having our listeners get to know Dr. Debbie Plate,” said Ray Davis, Program Director for NewsRadio WTAM.

In addition to the traditional over-the-air broadcast, the program will also be available in real time worldwide on the I-Heart Radio app. Program podcasts can be accessed through WTAM’s signal can be heard throughout the northern half of Ohio.

Debbie Plate, DO, is a board-certified family physician practicing at Akron General's Center for Family Medicine. She is also the clinical associate director of the family medicine residency program at Akron General, as well as a professor of family medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

For more information on the Akron General Health Connection, visit

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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