Cliff Deveny, MD, a former senior leader at Summa Health, has been named Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the health system effective March 13, Summa Health's Board of Directors announced in a news release on Feb. 24. Deveny replaces Thomas Malone, who resigned last month.

"We are very fortunate that Dr. Deveny agreed to return to Akron to lead Summa Health," Board Chair James McIlvaine said in the release. "Cliff is an outstanding leader with a reputation for collaboration, a proven commitment to medical education and a strong expertise in population health, all of which are critical Summa Health priorities."

"Cliff will have full authority to lead the system and carry out the Board's vision for advancing population health, improving the health and wellness of our community, furthering our role as a key partner in Akron's revitalization, and transforming the culture of our organization," McIlvaine said.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to lead an organization which has been so much a part of my life, and to return to the city where I grew up and which I love," said Deveny. "I was in a great spot with an innovative organization at Locus Health, which is making value based care a reality for health systems, and this is the only job that could have enticed me to leave that role. Summa has an outstanding team of physicians, nurses and other employees, and I look forward to collaborating with them as together we move the system forward."

Deveny previously spent more than 20 years at Summa Health in a variety of clinical and senior leadership roles, including President of Summa Physicians Inc., Vice President of Clinical Services and Service Lines, and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. From 2011 to 2016 he was Senior Vice President for Physician Services and Clinical Integration at Catholic Health Initiatives in Colorado, and since last year he has been President of Locus Health, which develops software solutions that enable healthcare organizations to improve their population health efforts.

Deveny is a clear leader on population health, and an advocate for its vision of increasing the value of care by improving health while reducing costs the release stated. In his role at Catholic Health Initiatives he led a population health initiative, establishing 12 regional clinically integrated networks.

A graduate of Firestone High School, Dr. Deveny has deep roots in Akron. During his previous tenure with Summa Health, Dr. Deveny was a committed and involved member of the greater Akron community, including his work on the board of Friends of the Summit (91.3FM), and his very active role in the Ohio chapter of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

"We are convinced that Cliff, with his excellent collaborative leadership skills, will be able to build on Summa Health's strong record of accomplishments toward fulfilling our vision for the system," McIlvaine said.

Over the next three to six months, the Board will determine and then work through the process to identify the next permanent President and CEO for Summa Health. Dr. Deveny is absolutely expected to be among the candidates.

"As always, the Board is deeply appreciative of the dedication that our physicians, nurses and other employees show every day in providing high-quality care for our patients," McIlvaine said. "Now is the time for the entire Summa Health family to come together and work to advance our critical mission of improving the health of our community."

"The appointment of Dr. Cliff Deveny as the interim President and CEO of Summa Health System is exciting and positive news for our County's largest employer," said Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro in a statement issued shortly after Deveny's appointment "I have had the opportunity work with Dr. Deveny in the past, and I am optimistic that he brings with him an energy, intelligence and sense of community needed to keep Summa a strong and stable anchor and influence in our County.

"In large part, our local economy and identity is based on our vibrant health care industry. For years, Summa Health System has been at the forefront of that industry, and has grown to become Summit County's largest employer. For the success of our County, and our region, it is critical that Summa continue to grow and prosper. I have full confidence that under Dr. Deveny's leadership, Summa will get back on track, and will continue to be a leader in providing quality health care to Summit County's residents."