Summa Health, critical care physician group contract expires

Akron, Ohio-base Summa Health System decided earlier this month not to renew a three-year contract with a critical care specialist group, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

The group — Respiratory, Critical Care, Sleep Associates — is part of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based Unity Health Network.

Summa Health spokesman Mike Bernstein told the Akron Beacon Journal the physician group was told last June its contract would not be renewed. He did not specify why the contract was not renewed.

Charles Fuenning, MD, the managing physician director of Respiratory, Critical Care, Sleep Associates, confirmed with the Akron Beacon Journal that the contract was terminated. He said Summa's employed physicians and nurse practitioners will take over for 11 of the group's physicians on the critical-care floors. Physicians of Respiratory, Critical Care, Sleep Associates will continue to have privileges outside of the critical care units, according to the report.

Summa Health also recently terminated a contract with its emergency physician group, Summa Emergency Associates. This termination was seen as controversial because of the group's long-standing partnership with the health system and the short notice given before the decision.


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