The mayor of Akron has called for the merger of his city's two main hospitals, Akron General Medical Center and Summa Akron City Hospital, in a measure he feels would hold off the need for outside ownership of the facilities and eliminate the duplication of costs. Don Plusquellic made his plea during his State of the City address.
Recently, Summa entered a deal that gives an auxiliary of Cincinnati's Catholic Health Partners a minority ownership interest. Akron General is now in the hunt to find a larger partner as well. A Summa spokesperson said that before it entered the deal with Catholic Health Partners, it had approached Akron General about a possible combination, but it was determined that the two business models would not mesh.