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Summa Health Becomes First Akron Hospital to Require COVID-19 Vaccines for Employees

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Summa Health President and CEO Cliff Deveny is a member of the Ohio Hospital Association Board and supported its recommendation that all Ohio hospitals require employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Summa Health is the first Akron hospital to require a COVID vaccination for its employees.

The news comes just days after the Ohio Hospital Association recommended vaccinations for employees at all Ohio hospitals.

President and CEO of Summa Health, Dr. Cliff Deveny, says they had been working on a requirement since Monday and felt ready to implement it now.

He says the requirement falls into line with their mission.

“We have both a moral and ethical responsibility to protect the health of our patients," said Deveny. "We have folks that are very frail, immunocompromised, and they really do have a high expectation that they're going to be in a safe environment.”

Deveny says that they made the decision based on the progression of the Delta variant as well as the flattening rate of vaccinations among employees.

About 70 percent of Summa workers are fully vaccinated.

Workers have until the end of October to get the shots.

Rachel Gross is a senior journalism major in the Kent State School of Media and Journalism and will be graduating Fall 2021. She is the current general manager of the student-run TV station on Kent State’s campus, TV2, and has covered major political events for the station such as the Presidential Debate in Cleveland. With her minor being in political science, she hopes to work in the political news field after graduation.