July 24, 2016

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New leader announced at Summa facilities

WADSWORTH — Tom DeBord, who has served as chief operating officer for two years, is the new president of Summa Wadsworth­ Rittman Hospi­tal and Summa Barberton Hos­pital.

“Obviously, I’m extremely thrilled to get the opportunity to lead both hospitals and con­tinue working in the region,” said DeBord, who was appointed Thursday.



DeBord, 47, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the two hospitals. He has been serving as interim presi­dent since the departure of for­mer president Jim Pope this summer. Pope resigned to become president and chief executive officer of Franciscan Health System in Sylvania.

“Since June of 2008, we’ve been working on our strategic direction; so during the interim period, there were no changes made. We were just working to continue building our relation­ship with the community and take care of our patients,” DeBord said.

DeBord started in the finance department at Barber­ton Citizens Hospital in 1988. He served as director of man­aged care at one point, and was named chief operating officer in 2002. In 2008, he became chief operating officer of Summa Barberton and Summa Wadsworth-Rittman.

“(DeBord) has been a respected member of the health care community for more than 20 years,” Summa Health System President and CEO Tom Strauss said in a statement. “His vision remains instrumental in the growth of these two outstand­ing facilities, and I look for­ward to continuing our work together as we grow and expand services to meet the needs of the community.”

With his new position, DeBord will see Summa Wadsworth-Rittman through an approximately $20 million expansion of its cardiology, orthopedic and geriatric serv­ices.

“We are constructing a brand new intensive care unit with eight beds, which we expect to open in November this year, and we have also been planning an expansion of the emergency services department and are in the final phases of getting that approved,” he said. “We are also currently building a new sleep lab and expanding offices in Founder’s Hall.”

He added Barberton is in the middle of its “strategic visioning” to identify facility improvements to focus on in the next couple of years.

DeBord received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and his MBA at the University of Akron. He is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives.

He lives in Tallmadge with his wife of 25 years, Diane, and is the father of two boys — 20-year-old Kyle and 16-year-old Ryan.

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@medina­gazette.com.