1 Summa Leadership Thomas J. Strauss President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas J. Strauss is president and chief executive officer of. Prior to joining Summa in 1999, Strauss was president of Meridia Health Services in Cleveland. For 10 years, he held a number of leadership positions with Meridia, including the leadership for the system s eight service lines, president of the eastern region, president of Meridia South Pointe Hospital, president of Meridia Suburban Hospital and president of Meridia Institute/Meridia Health Ventures. A pharmacist by trade, Strauss earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and completed his residency in pharmacology at Mercy Hospital, also in Pittsburgh. Strauss is the Chairman of the Greater Akron Chamber Board of Directors and a board member of the Akron Regional Hospital Association, Akron Tomorrow, Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, Habitat for Humanity of Summit County and Premier, Inc. Robert Harrigan President, Summa Hospitals Robert Harrigan is president of Summa Hospitals, which includes acute care hospitals in Summit, Portage and Medina counties Summa Akron City Hospital, Summa St. Thomas Hospital, Summa Western Reserve Hospital, Summa Barberton Hospital, Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital, and Summa affiliate Robinson Memorial Hospital. Prior to joining Summa Health System, Harrigan held several leadership roles at The Cleveland Clinic Health System, Jackson Memorial Hospital, and the North Broward Hospital District. Harrigan received his bachelor s from Purdue University and did his graduate work at the University of Arkansas and Ball State University. Currently, Harrigan serves on the Akron Urban League Board and Akron Urban League Finance Committee. Martin P. Hauser Chief Executive Officer, SummaCare, Inc. Chief Government Relations Officer, Martin P. Hauser is chief executive officer of SummaCare, Inc., one of the region s fastest growing health carriers. He also serves as chief government relations officer at Summa Health System. Hauser began his healthcare career at Summa Akron City Hospital and held a variety of progressive leadership roles. While president of Akron City Health System (ACHS), a not-forprofit joint venture between Akron City Hospital and members of its medical staff, he oversaw the creation of SummaCare. Hauser received his bachelor s and master s degrees in business administration from The University of Akron.
2 Page 2 Stephen Colecchi President and Chief Executive Officer, Robinson Memorial Hospital, an affiliate of Stephen Colecchi has served as president and chief executive officer of Summa affiliate Robinson Memorial Hospital since Colecchi received his Bachelor of Science from of Kent State University and a Juris Doctor from The University of Akron. After practicing law with the firm of Martell, Cimino and Colecchi, Colecchi began his career in healthcare at Robinson Memorial Hospital in 1985 as senior vice president and general counsel until his appointment to president and chief executive officer. Colecchi is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Akron Regional Hospital Association. Robert A. Kent, D.O. Chief Executive Officer, Summa Western Reserve Hospital Robert A. Kent, D.O., is chief executive officer of Summa Western Reserve Hospital, Northeast Ohio s first physicianowned, full-service community hospital. He is also president of Western Reserve Hospital Partners, the entity created to bring Summa Western Reserve Hospital to the community. Dr. Kent also serves as president of Premiere Medical Partners, a large, multi-specialty physician group in Northeast Ohio, and Premiere Medical Resources, a physician management services organization. Additionally, he maintains a private practice in Cuyahoga Falls. Dr. Kent has served on several Summa Health System boards, and has also functioned as director of Medical Education and vice president of Medical Affairs for Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital. Thomas A. DeBord President, Summa Wadsworth-Rittman and Summa Barberton Hospitals Thomas A. DeBord is the president of Summa Barberton and Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospitals. He has more than 21 years of progressive leadership in healthcare financial and operations management. DeBord earned both a bachelor s degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration in finance from The University of Akron. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Leadership Akron 2009 graduating class. Active in many community groups, DeBord is a board member for the American Heart Association and a member and past president of The Rotary Club of Barberton.
3 Page 3 Cheryl Henthorn Chief Executive Officer, Summa Rehab Hospital Cheryl Henthorn is the chief executive officer of Summa Rehab Hospital, a joint venture between and Vibra Healthcare. Henthorn has over 30 years of experience at across multiple departments including physical therapy, respiratory care, laboratory services, clinical education and process improvement. After working as a physical therapist, Henthorn went on to lead Summa rehabilitation services as an assistant director, manager and director. Henthorn completed the Advanced Leadership Program at the University of Akron and her Bachelor of Science in allied health at The Ohio State University. She is also a fellow of the Healthcare Leadership Academy program through the Advisory Board, supported by Harvard Business School. Ronald R. Suntken, Ed.D., FACMPE President and Chief Executive Officer, Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center, LLC Ronald R. Suntken, Ed.D., FACMPE, is president and chief executive officer of Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center, a partnership with, and chief executive officer of Crystal Clinic, Inc. Dr. Suntken began his healthcare career at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, Ill., and has served as the senior administrative and executive officer for a number of medium and large healthcare organizations, in both fee-for-service and capitated environments and in both independent and system-aligned entities. Dr. Suntken received a Doctor of Education degree in business education, finance and business communication from Northern Illinois University, and both a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from San Diego State University.
4 Page 4 Gus Kious, M.D. President, Summa Physicians Inc. Gus Kious, M.D., serves as president of Summa Physicians Inc. (SPI), an integrated multi-specialty group of more than 270 physicians aligned with and its entities through active engagement and participation. As the head of SPI, Dr. Kious is responsible for the organization s strategic management, operations and recruitment. Dr. Kious joined SPI from Huron Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic Hospital, in East Cleveland where he served as president. Prior to that, he held several leadership positions at the Cleveland Clinic including senior medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Health System Physician Organization. Throughout his career, Dr. Kious has focused on developing high-performance organizations, and he teaches several leadership courses and is writing a handbook for mid-level managers. He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland where he was formerly an associate clinical professor. Steven P. Schmidt, Ph.D. Vice President, Clinical Research and Innovation, In his role as chief operating officer of the Summa Foundation, Steven P. Schmidt, Ph.D., leads the advancement efforts of the foundation in support of the mission of in philanthropy, community benefit, government relations, and education and research. In this role as vice president of Clinical Research & Innovation, Dr. Schmidt has leadership responsibility for the vision and administration of the system s clinical research and innovation agenda including original Summa-based research, collaborations with academic partners, and support for Summa s partnerships. Dr. Schmidt was previously director of Summa s Division of Surgical Research since 1982 and remains personally engaged in conducting original research. He was formerly an adjunct faculty member at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and is currently a member of the NEOMED Board of Trustees. Dr. Schmidt received his bachelor s and master s degrees from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and was awarded a Ph.D. in biology and physiology from Idaho State University.
5 Page 5 Phylis Ferrara President and Chief Development Officer, Summa Foundation Phylis Ferrara is president and chief development officer for Summa Foundation. She joined the organization in August, In this position, Ferrara is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and operations of the development division of Summa Foundation. Prior to her tenure with Summa, Ferrara was vice president for institutional relations and development for University Hospitals in Cleveland where she oversaw principal giving and gift planning. She was instrumental in the transformation of the development program at that health system. Before joining University Hospitals, she served as the executive director of development and alumni relations for John Carroll University. Ferrara attended Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, OH and is a member of several distinguished healthcare-related organizations, including: the Healthcare Advisory Board and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. Roxia Boykin Vice President of Community Benefit and Diversity, Summa Foundation Roxia Boykin is the vice president of community benefit and diversity for the Summa Foundation. Bringing more than 30 years of healthcare experience in areas including nursing, patient care and operations, Boykin is responsible for leadership in community benefit, volunteer services, employee engagement and diversity. She serves as the primary builder and sustainer of positive and productive relationships between and the community and is responsible for leading strategic and operational direction to the system s community-based health prevention, education and promotion strategies. Throughout her expansive career, Boykin has served on a number of community boards and has been actively involved in a variety of community initiatives. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Kent State University and a master s in public administration with a concentration in healthcare administration from Cleveland State University.
6 Page 6 Brian Derrick, CPA System Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, In his role as system vice president and chief financial officer, Brian Derrick is responsible for managing the financial structure and systems for and for leading strategic financial initiatives across the System. Derrick earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Thiel College in Greenville, Pa. and is a Certified Public Accountant. Derrick joined Summa from Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, Pa. where he was CFO for eight years. He also has held various financial leadership positions at the Jefferson Health System in Philadelphia and the UPMC Health System in Pittsburgh. Bryan Kennedy President and Chief Operating Officer, Ohio Health Choice Bryan Kennedy is president and chief operating officer of Ohio Health Choice. Ohio Health Choice is the only provider-owned statewide Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) in Ohio. After graduating from John Carroll University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, Kennedy s career started in the employee benefits arena with Great West Life. In 1994, Kennedy moved to the managed care contracting and strategy side by joining The Cleveland Clinic Health System. In 2006, he transitioned back to the benefits side, taking on the challenge of reinventing Ohio Health Choice to better compete in the ever-changing healthcare marketplace. Unhee Kim System Vice President, Service Lines and Ancillary Services, Unhee Kim, system vice president of Service Lines and Ancillary Services for, is responsible for leading the strategy development, marketing, business development, volume growth, planning and execution for nine service lines. She is also responsible for existing and future ambulatory centers for diagnostic and therapeutic services, hospital-based clinical services of pharmacy, laboratory, respiratory and neurology/ sleep lab, among others. Prior to joining, she served in various leadership positions at University Hospitals Health System. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing at The University of Akron and her Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University.
7 Page 7 Charles R. Vignos, C.P.A. President, Summa Health Network Vice President, Managed Care, Charles R. Vignos, C.P.A., is president of Summa Health Network and vice president of Managed Care for. Vignos has held this position since 2001 and oversees the managed care contracting activities for Summa Akron City, Summa St. Thomas, Summa Barberton and Summa Wadsworth- Rittman Hospitals, as well as Summa employed physicians and other joint venture relationships. Vignos also oversees the Clinical Integration Model and Messenger activities of the 1,200 member physician-hospital organization (PHO). Prior to joining Summa in 2001, Vignos spent 11 years as vice president of Finance for Hometown Health Network in Massillon, Ohio. He is currently a member of the Healthcare Roundtable for Managed Care and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, and serves on the boards of Cleveland Health Network-Managed Care Organization and Ohio Health Choice. Lanie Ward System Vice President, Patient Care Services Chief Nursing Officer, Lanie Ward joined as system vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer in With more than 20 years of nursing leadership experience, Ward is responsible for the direction and evaluation of nursing and patient care services at. Previously, Ward served as chief nursing officer for Broward General Medical Center and North Broward Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She received her Master of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University and Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Kentucky.
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