Summa Health

Patient Tower

As part of a system wide transformational plan, Summa Health decided to create a new facility to expand their services. Hasenstab Architects, in collaboration with Perspectus Architecture, designed the seven-story, 343,000-square foot patient tower on Summa’s Akron campus. The project goals were to provide more private patient rooms, create a new modern Labor & Delivery Unit, consolidate women’s services for a new Breast Center and expand surgical services.

The grand, two-story lobby spanning the building’s ground level and first floors creates a prominent front door to the new patient tower. Beyond the lobby, the ground floor is home to a 19,000 square foot breast center that provides both diagnostic, screening and pre-/post-surgical services for Women’s Health.  The breast center features exam, mammography, stereotactic, and ultrasound rooms, and houses a state-of-the-art MRI. A conference center with movable partitions for space reconfiguration is also conveniently located on this main level.

The building’s first floor expands Summa’s surgical services in the new Same Day Surgery Center. Two of the operating rooms were specifically designed for da Vinci Surgical System robots, which provide robotic-assisted surgery options, performed from a control room adjacent to the operating room.

The tower’s second floor is home to a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) that serves the new comprehensive Birthing Center, which includes 10 private triage rooms, 10 private ante-partum rooms, 17 labor and delivery rooms and three Cesarean section operating rooms.

The fourth, fifth and sixth levels are dedicated to private patient rooms with increased space for family and visitors and views of the surrounding campus and Akron skyline. The fourth floor houses 36 private mother and baby rooms, a newborn observation area and family lounge spaces. Private inpatient surgery rooms make up the entirety of the fifth and sixth floors.

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Project Details


Summa Health


Akron, Ohio





343,000 Square Feet


Perspectus Architecture


2019 AIA Akron Design Awards – Honor Award & People’s Choice Award

2020 NAIOP Northern Ohio Healthcare Architecture Project of the Year

Key Team Members

  • outpatient behavioral Bob Medziuch
  • outpatient behavioral Amador Gonzalez
  • Dan Herstine
  • Eric Droll
  • Matt Glassner
  • Natalie Shellhorn
  • Nick Davis
  • Tom Walker
  • Bryan Ziga
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