A Medina County Jail inmate is back in custody after he jumped from an ambulance and ran off into a wooded area. 

Reports are that Joshua Bragg, who was arrested earlier in July on cocaine charges, was being transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General from Medina Cleveland Clinic where he was on medical furlough, according to the Medina Gazette. During the ride, reports say, Bragg unstrapped himself from the gurney and walked out of the ambulance, into a wooded area nearby. 

The Gazette is reporting that because Bragg was on medical furlough, there were no other sheriff's offfice officials, nor law enforcement on hand.'

The incident happened around 5:20 Sunday and Bragg was found and taken back into custody Monday morning without further incident. He's now facing felony fleeing charges. 

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A very unpredictable spring has led to a brutal allergy season for many. Patients are desperate for relief, and many want to know the balance between under and overmedication. Two specialists from Cleveland Clinic/Akron General joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in the thick of allergy season. First, Dr. Tim Brown discussed the priciness of treatments and how and where to find them. Dr. Bela Faltay, an allergy specialist, talked about inexpensive over-the-counter remedies and allergy shots.

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 09:47

APD Looking for Daughter who Broke Mom's Arm

Akron Police looking for Courtney Marie Magrell, 21, of East North Street for allegedly beating up her mother, and breaking her arm.

Police were called to the home on Kingsley Avenue about 4 p.m. Tuesday, where the victim says she was dragged out of a UHaul truck by her daughter, and then repeatedly punched and kicked. The victim told police she put her arm up to block a kick to the face and that's when her arm broke.

Magrell is reported to have broken the victim's cellphone and then stole her ID before leaving the home.

The victim was taken to Akron General and treated for the broken arm.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Akron Police.

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Dr. Brian Harte has been with the Cleveland Clinic since 2004, and now he’ll make his way down south to Akron.

Dr. Harte joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the announcement of him being named president of Akron General, effective September 26th. Dr. Harte says he looks forward to getting to know the residency at the hospital, and plans to dive head-first into the community.

"The partnership with Cleveland Clinic has been fantastic,” says Dr. Harte about Akron General.

As far as the world of medicine goes, Dr. Harte sees the near future will include more attention to wellness and outpatient care for chronic conditions. He believes clinics will have a much different feel to them than the last 5-10 years.

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Treating heroin addiction is difficult enough. But a condition such as depression makes treatment even more challenging. Dr. Dustin Blakeslee of Cleveland Clinic Akron General says a heroin treatment patient also suffering from depression usually can't be treated with the traditional course of medicines because they are rendered ineffective. Blakeslee talked to Jasen about the links between heroin abuse and depression and the challenges of treating someone suffering from both.

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Friday, 27 May 2016 06:39

Stover Retires From Akron General

Dr. Tim Stover is out at Cleveland Clinic Akron General -- his "immediate retirement" announced yesterday after a day of group meetings. Stover said in a statement he was grateful for the opportunity. He was expected to remain the CEO through 2017 and was a key figure in steering the deal with Cleveland Clinic. The Clinic's regional chief of operations, Janice Murphy, will serve as acting president.

Stover signed a three-year contract in December 2014 that would have kept him at the helm through 2017. A spokesperson for Akron General told Crain's Cleveland Business via a text message the departure as "not a surprise." In a statement, Stover said "I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to work for such an exceptional organization as Akron General and wish to thank the employees, my leadership team, all Board members and the Akron community for such incredible support over the years to make Akron General what it is today."

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It's official - Akron General Health System is now fully owned by Cleveland Clinic.

The deal was announced earlier, but Cleveland Clinic says it now owns the Akron-based system after a review by the Federal Trade Commission and the Ohio Attorney General.

Akron General first became an affiliate of the Cleveland Clinic system. The Cleveland Clinic then exercised an option to fully purchase the Akron General System.

Akron General president/COO Alan Papa says that the Clinic looks forward to being in the Akron community...

"They're looking at Akron as its own market," Papa tells WAKR.net, "We have our own ambulatory programs, and our own physicians, and I think you'll see that they will treat us really like another arm of the Clinic."

Akron General has already pointed to some benefits of the merger, including a new emergency department which will be built in the next couple of years.

Akron General's board of trustees will still have an advisory role, and officials say the merger will allow expansion of services in Summit County.



Agreement includes Akron General Medical Center, Lodi Community Hospital, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, Wellness Centers, the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, Partners Physician Group and Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates

Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, Cleveland: Today, Akron General Health System officially became fully part of Cleveland Clinic, following the review of the Ohio Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission.

As part of the agreement, the entire Akron General Health System – including Akron General Medical Center, Lodi Community Hospital, the Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, three Health & Wellness centers, the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, Partners Physician Group (PPG), and Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates – will join Cleveland Clinic.

"This is a momentous day for healthcare in Ohio," said Toby Cosgrove, M.D., President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. "We are pleased to welcome Akron General into our health system and we look forward to developing and expanding services and enhancing access for patients throughout Northeast Ohio."

Now that Akron General is part of Cleveland Clinic, some of the immediate upcoming initiatives include integration planning, as well as:

Breaking ground for the new emergency department on Nov. 20, 2015. Construction will begin on the facility in the first quarter of 2016;

Opening a new outpatient facility in Portage County in the first quarter of 2016 and another in Lodi in 2016;

Replacement of Akron General's electronic medical record system to Epic, in order to enhance safety, quality, patient experience and reduce the overall cost of care. This will allow providers to have complete information for patients receiving care anywhere throughout the newly expanded system.

"This is an exciting time not only for our two health systems, but for the citizens in Summit and surrounding counties, who will benefit from improved access to high-quality, affordable healthcare services," noted Thomas L. "Tim" Stover, M.D., MBA, President and CEO, Akron General Health System. "Because both share the same goal of providing the absolute best patient experience, the joining of our systems was the next logical progression for Akron General. We are very excited about becoming Cleveland Clinic caregivers and look forward to expanding our services and improving our healthcare model so that we can provide even better care to our patients."

In order to maintain important local input, the Akron General Health System's board of trustees will remain in place as an advisory board going forward.

The affiliate relationship and continuous collaboration between Akron General and Cleveland Clinic has produced 17 work teams that have been collaborating on a number of initiatives resulting in clinical improvements, cost savings, and the sharing of best practices. Several mutually advantageous projects have commenced as well, and include:

The development of a new state-of-the-art emergency department at Akron General, which is expected to open in Fall 2017.

Cleveland Clinic cardiothoracic surgeon Joseph Lahorra, M.D., was the first Cleveland Clinic physician to begin practicing at Akron General as part of the affiliation in 2015. Dr. Lahorra sees patients as part of the comprehensive team at the Akron General Heart & Vascular Center.

Cleveland Clinic now provides ground and air transportation for critical care and trauma services for Akron General.

Patients in need of a kidney – and soon liver – transplantations are now able to see Cleveland Clinic physicians conveniently at Akron General and receive their pre-surgery and follow-up care after surgery in Akron.

Akron General was able to create two new infusion centers, one at the Akron General Health and Wellness Center – West, and the other at the Akron General Health & Wellness Center – North. These new infusion centers offer chemotherapy and other infusion services, such as rheumatology infusions. Another infusion center is set to open at the Akron General Health & Wellness Center – Green, by the end of 2015.

Akron General has seen a significant cost savings when it joined Cleveland Clinic's group purchasing organization, Excelerate. To date, Akron General has achieved an estimated $1.3M in savings with additional millions in savings expected.

Akron General is able to purchase new medical equipment that will link to a patient's electronic medical record, including monitors, ventilators, TV system, nurse call systems, and "smart" IV pumps. In addition, Akron General was able to add new nursery isolettes.

In addition to Cleveland Clinic's main campus, the Cleveland Clinic health system includes eight regional hospitals, more than 90 Northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 16 full-service family health centers – Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

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A program once available in Summit County two years ago is making a comeback at Akron General Health System to help victims of sexual assaults. Trained nurses with the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program will be available beginning Sunday to address the growing issue of sexual assaults in the area.
The PATH Center and Program was developed with the hospital's OBGYN and emergency departments.
The program's medical director, Dr. Jennifer Savitski, said the nurses go through 40 hours of base training, as well as clinical training to help sexual assault victims. 
"The nurses also have been trained on the neurobiology of trauma and how that may affect a patient's response to the sexual assault or domestic violence that they may have experienced," said Savitski.
Savitski explained the importance of gathering evidence in order to strengthen the ability to prosecute the person responsible for the crime. 
Dr. Tim Stover, Akron General president and CEO, said he didn't hesitate to support the program's launch at the hospital. Stover's daughter was a victim a domestic violence. 
"I remember, now, why I said 'yes' to this need, because it has to get done," said Stover. "That's all there is to it." 
Akron General has also designated space for program in the main hospital's Emergency Department, which is scheduled to be completed in 2017. The center will include office space, a separate waiting area and exam room, and a private shower for patients to use.
The Ohio Attorney General's Office handed out more than $51 million to over 300 crime victim support agencies, including nearly $229,000 for the new SANE program at Akron General.
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Thursday, 22 October 2015 06:16

VIDEO Free Mammograms Offer Hope, Life

When a woman or man is faced with the decision to get a mammogram, the last thing they want to think about is the cost.

It's a problem that Akron General Health System is well aware of and it's why the hospital continues to offer free mammograms to women and men who can't afford one -- through their Muffins For Mammograms program.

"I would have never been able to afford a mammogram. With no insurance, it's quite expensive." said Lisa Neidert.

Neidert received one of the more than 10,000 free mammograms given out since the beginning of Muffins for Mammograms which launched in 1992. The more than 20-year-old program has raised nearly $900,000.

"If they're uninsured, under-insured and they need the mammogram, call us," said Kathy Lukity, RN, at Akron General. " We'll talk to them about getting a physician , because we do like them to have a physician on board in case they need help with the results."

There's no age limit to qualify for the Muffins for Mammograms program, but there are several guidelines that a person should follow including having a written order from a primary care physician. Click here for more details.

"Muffins for Mammograms got me to where I could get treatment, said Neidert. "Without it, I could still be waiting and cancer growing inside of me."

Editor's Note: WAKR's sister station, 94.9 WQMX, held their 16th annual Bosom Buddies event Wednesday, benefiting the Muffins for Mammograms program. Below is a video presented at the program that highlighted the Muffins for Mammograms program at Akron General. 

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