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Akron General President & CEO deemed 2013 Wellness Warrior
Date:10/29/2013

Akron, OH (PRWEB) October 29, 2013

The Foundation for Healthy Communities of the Ohio Hospital Association today recognized Akron General Health System’s Thomas “Tim” Stover, MD, as the 2013 Wellness Warrior – a designation that recognizes a hospital or health system executive who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to wellness promotion in Ohio.

The award recognizes a hospital or health system executive who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to wellness promotion in Ohio. The Wellness Warrior is an individual who has passionately championed the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle to hospital employees and their local community, and who has successfully showcased hospitals as leaders in health promotion. This recognition rewards the commitment of hospital leadership to health promotion.

Under Stover’s leadership, Akron General Health System has repeatedly been recognized as a national leader in health and wellness. Stover consistently spreads the message that the hospital has “embraced a model of care that represents a dramatic departure from traditional health care (sick care) and redirects focus and resources toward prevention, wellness, physical exercise and a continuity of care that is unique in America today.” A few of his most notable accomplishments during his 17 years at Akron General include:

  • Founding three large outpatient community-based Health & Wellness Centers that bring together a range of clinical outpatient services with exercise and retail-oriented health services. The medically supervised Akron General LifeStyles fitness program is offered at the centers and boasts more than 17,000 members. Since 1999, LifeStyles has been named as Club Industry magazine's number-one hospital-owned fitness center in the country.
  • Establishing a dedicated Wellness Services Department, which offers Akron Gener
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