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Summa Health waiting on Ohio Department of Medicaid for "distressed hospital" status

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SUMMA HEALTH
Summa Health is overrun with cases of the delta variant of COVID-19, the flu and the new, highly contagious omicron variant.

Summa Health is still waiting for a response from the Ohio Department of Medicaid about their status as a “distressed hospital.” A group of bipartisan state lawmakers sent a letter to the department yesterday asking for state and federal funding for the overloaded hospital system.

President and CEO Dr. Cliff Deveny says they're still overwhelmed with cases from the delta variant of COVID-19 as well as cases of the flu and the new omicron variant.

If given the resources, Deveny says Summa Health will be able to hire more nurses and better deal with supply chain issues.

Deveny says Summa Health is dealing with inflation.
Dr. Cliff Deveny

“Medical systems, health systems are suffering the same price gauging and the inflation that we’re seeing the public is dealing with.”

In a statement, the Ohio Department of Medicaid said they are reviewing the Summa Health request.

Abigail Bottar covers Akron, Canton, Kent and the surrounding areas for Ideastream Public Media. A Northeast Ohio native and lifelong listener of public radio, Abigail started in public radio as a news intern at WKSU. She graduated in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Kent State University.
Jay Shah is a broadcast journalist finishing her Master of Arts degree at Kent State University. She joined WKSU as a news intern in 2020 and now works as a freelance producer for Ideastream Public Media’s daily local news headlines.