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Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Cleveland Clinic Akron General is an American College of Surgeons Verified Level I Trauma Center.

Emergencies are never planned. But when they do happen, patients at Cleveland Clinic Akron General are met by a responsive and caring staff of board-certified emergency physicians and other specially trained professionals – including nurses, technologists, social workers, and chaplains.

A Level I Trauma Center, as designated by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Akron General offers the technology, expertise and staffing to treat all injuries regardless of severity. Operating rooms, diagnostic services and trauma specialists are on-call 24-hours a day.


The trauma team includes:

  • Pre-hospital providers
  • Trauma surgeons
  • Critical care intensivists
  • Orthopedic, neurosurgical and cardiovascular surgeons
  • Specially trained registered nurses
  • Radiologists and radiology technologists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Operating room personnel
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Social workers
  • Spiritual care department


All emergencies are about recovery, but it's especially important to trauma victims. More severe injuries may require additional or specialized medical attention, now and in the future. Akron General provides patients with comprehensive care from the time of injury all the way to recovery. This includes treatment while admitted and after discharge, such as therapy and rehabilitation.

Experienced rehab specialists offer inpatient and outpatient physical and occupational therapy for all trauma needs – whether it's gaining mobility of the hands, improving speech and hearing, or getting back to everyday activities. Through Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospital, Edwin Shaw, patients and their physicians also have access to a comprehensive, fully accredited hospital specializing in rehabilitation.


PATH Program

Akron General's main Emergency Department offers the PATH (Providing Access To Healing) Center to provide quality, trauma-informed, compassionate care to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse and neglect for Summit and surrounding counties, while also ensuring quality of evidence collection. The PATH Center is staffed by professionals trained in the systematic collection of evidence in an atmosphere of support and compassion. 


Disaster Planning and HAZMAT Training

Highway crashes, severe weather, chemical spills and fires are just some of the disasters that can strike with little or no warning. Akron General works closely with other area hospitals, the Summit County Emergency Management Agency and local fire, law enforcement and emergency medical response agencies to prepare for all types of community wide disasters. Akron General is the hazardous materials (HAZMAT) medical control hospital for Summit County and performs decontamination and treatment of hazardous materials exposures. Akron General also participates in Summit County hazardous materials test drills and provide medical advisors for the City of Akron and Summit County HAZMAT units.

Akron General offers both professional and community education courses on preparing for emergencies and preventing trauma.


New Emergency Department in 2018

Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s addition of a $49.3 million building more than triples the size of its downtown emergency department and will help enhance patient experience.


The new emergency department is designed to expedite the process from admittance through discharge. The 67,000-square-foot building will include:

  • Four high-acuity trauma rooms
  • Sixty total treatment rooms
  • An imaging department, including a CT scanner and two radiographic rooms
  • A designated area for PATH (Providing Access to Healing) which serves patients seeking treatment from Akron General’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program


Emergency Medicine and Trauma Research

Verification as a Level I Trauma Center also means that Akron General seeks ways to help speed up and improve urgent care delivery through clinical research and education of healthcare professionals involved in trauma care.

Speeding up diagnosis and treatment is an important focus of Akron General’s research. Akron General collaborates with pre-hospital providers, such as fire departments and paramedics to improve care even before our patients arrive. That includes determining the best way to stabilize victims at the scene of a car crash, updating standards to help reduce potential infection or researching treatments to reduce the need for surgery. Caregivers continually review the best transportation methods and routes that emergency medical workers use to get patients to Akron General from any of the 26 counties it serves, whether by ambulance or helicopter.

Each year Akron General sees over 55,000 people in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and research benefits them in other ways too – like helping find better ways to relieve pain for minor cuts all the way to major traumas. Feasibility studies are currently underway that involve screening patients who are seen in the Emergency Department for potentially deadly illnesses that may otherwise go undetected.

Akron General supports the research of Emergency Medicine residents through graduation as part of their medical education to provide the best and most comprehensive clinical experience possible.



TSN Coordinator

1 Akron General Avenue
Akron, Ohio, 44307

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Upcoming Programs & Events

Next Steps Online


Nextsteps is an interactive program to help you manage your life after a serious injury. It will help you explore the ways your life has changed and how you can move forward. Learn more

Community Resources

ADM Board, Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board

24/7 hotline: (330) 434-9144 ADM Crisis Center anytime at 330-996-7730 for alcohol and drug addiction help

Al-Anon Family Groups

Al-Anon offers resources and support to family members and friends of someone who struggles with problem drinking or substance abuse. United States: Telephone: (757) 563-1600 Toll-free Meeting Line: (888) 425-2666 Email:

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous provides support and resources for people who struggle with a drinking problem or substance abuse. Confidential group meetings are available throughout the United States and Canada. Use the online locator to find the group and times that meet nearest you.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Mission: Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide. Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The ADA website provides information and technical assistance regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. 1-800-514-0301 (voice) 1-800-514-0383 (TTY)

ADA National Network

1-800-949-4232 The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to support the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.” ADA specialists help families address complex questions on a wide range of ADA topics such as reasonable accommodations at work, building codes for new construction projects, accessible housing, and transitioning from school to work. ADA specialists also address questions about other disability laws, such as the Fair Housing Act, the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, and the Rehabilitation Act

American Chronic Pain Association

Since 1980, the ACPA has offered peer support and education in pain management skills to people with pain, family and friends, and health care professionals. The information and tools on this site can help you to better understand your pain and work more effectively with your health care team toward a higher quality of life.


The mission of AMPOWER is to empower and strengthen those affected by amputation or limb difference through peer mentorship, educational resources, and community events.

Amputee Coalition The mission of the Amputee Coalition is to reach out to and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention. Resources and information for children, adults, and families.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders through education, practice, and research. It helps people understand the disorders and educates them about scientifically supported treatments so they can make informed decisions. It also supports professionals who provide treatment and conduct research. Click the link to learn how ADAA could help you or your family.

Brain Injury Association of America

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) works to advance awareness, research, treatment, and education to improve the quality of life for adults and children affected by brain injury. BIAA is dedicated to increasing access to quality health care and raising awareness and understanding of brain injury. It has a network of state affiliates, local chapters, and support groups.


703-998-2020 Brainline provides education and resources about Brain Injury and PTSD for both adult and pediatric survivors and their families. They focus on treatment and recovery information for moderate to severe TBI symptoms in both adults and children.

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.


Information on support for PTSD and Addiction Helpline available 24/7: call 800-483-2193

Family Caregiver Alliance families-and-caregivers

The Family Caregiver Alliance addresses the needs of family and friends providing long-term care for loved ones at home. It provides support, information, and tools to manage the complex demands of caregiving. These include online support and resources, navigators to help locate support services by state, and the National Center on Caregiving which unites research, policy, and practice to develop costeffective programs for caregivers. Click the link to find out more about how FCA could help you or your family.

Hope & Healing Rape Crisis Center of Medina & Summit Counties

Our Mission The Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit counties is committed to ending sexual violence through education and awareness, advocating for all those affected by this crime through empowerment and support.

Hope After Head Injury

Hope After Head Injury exists to bring hope to those who have been impacted by brain injury in their life, whether going through the experience themselves or caring for a loved one. They understand that the journey through head trauma is a road that when walked alone can be scary and lonely. Through the voices of brain injury survivors and caregivers they provide awareness, encouragement, and hope. Click the link to learn more about Hope After Head Injury.

Mental Health America

Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Resources and information for youth, parents, and adults.

National Center for PTSD

The National Center for PTSD offers national resources for trauma survivors and families, which includes information about PTSD, resources such as the PTSD Coach Online, and videos from other survivors and professionals.

National Center for Victims of Crime

(202) 467-8700 The National Center for Victims of Crimes 1. Advocates for Stronger Rights, Protections, and Services for Crime Victims, 2. Provides Education, Training, and Evaluation, and 3. Serves as a Trusted Source of Current Information on Victims' Issues. This website helps survivors and families find local assistance, learn about crime and its effects, and browse resources to help victims of crime to rebuild their lives. (Also see VictimConnect Resource Center)

National Human Trafficking Hotline

Human Trafficking is a crime in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in sex acts or labor services against his/her will. If you, or someone you know, are a victim of Human Trafficking, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888, or visit this website.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call is routed to the nearest crisis center in the national network of more than 150 crisis centers. For assistance, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), TTY: 1-800-799-4889. The Crisis Text Line is: 741741

Neurocritical Care Society Support/Patient-Family-Brochure

The Neurocritical Care Society provides and advocates for the highest quality of care for patients with critical neurological illness. It promotes skilled and compassionate patient care, professional collaboration, research, training and education, and advocacy. Click the links to learn more about the the Neurocritical Care Society and view a PDF of its patient and family brochure.

Office of Disability Employment Policy

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.

Office of Personal Management, Federal Employment of People with Disabilities

The Federal Government is actively recruiting and hiring persons with disabilities. We offer a variety of exciting jobs, competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and opportunities for career advancement.

Rehabilitation Services Administration

Our mission — to provide leadership and resources to assist state and other agencies in providing vocational rehabilitation (VR) and other services to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and integration into the community and the competitive labor market.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline (SAMHSA)

This helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish. The SAMHSA website also offers a treatment locator to identify local mental health providers. For assistance, call 1-800-662-HELP, TTY: 1-800-487-4889, or visit

The Friends and Family of Chic Kelly

The Friends and Family of Chic Kelly is dedicated to improving the quality of life for victims of spinal cord injury (SCI). It provides funding for SCI individuals to help with educational, physical, or medical needs. It is also committed to finding a cure for spinal cord injury. Visit the website to find out more information and how get involved

The Trevor Project

866-488-7386 (Crisis Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth) Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

United Spinal Association

United Spinal Association is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including veterans, and providing support and information to loved ones, care providers, and professionals. Its goal is to provide people living with SCI/D with active lifestyle information, peer support, advocacy, and services that maximize their independence and enable them to remain active in their communities. Visit the website for more information.

VictimConnect Resource Center

1-855-4VICTIM (1-855-484-2846) The VictimConnect Resource Center is a referral helpline where crime victims can learn about their rights and options confidentially and compassionately. As a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime, it combines: a telephone-based helpline, online chat, online information, and service referrals

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