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Wabash Avenue renamed Akron General Avenue

9/12/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Akron General Health System
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron General Health System celebrated the Sept. 4 renaming of Wabash Avenue in front of Akron General Medical Center, located at 400 Wabash Ave. The street was renamed from Wabash Avenue to Akron General Avenue as a kick-off to Akron General’s 100th anniversary in 2014.

Shown above unveiling the new Akron General Avenue sign are, from left, Summit County Executive Russ Pry, Akron General Health System President and CEO Dr. Thomas “Tim” Stover and Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic.

Almost 200 employees, board members, patients and local dignitaries also were in attendance. Jack DeLeo, president and CEO of Hitchcock, Fleming and Associates, the honorary co-chair of the Akron General 100th anniversary celebration, was the emcee for the event.

“The renaming of the street is a reminder of Akron General’s commitment to this community and to this city’s commitment to this great health care provider,” Plusquellic said.

“We are pleased to call the street that leads to our front door Akron General Avenue,” Stover said. “This renaming is a great event to begin our anniversary celebration, which will serve as a reminder of the legacy of caring provided to our community for the last 100 years, and mark a new era of service and outstanding health and wellness care to those who need our help.”

Akron General was founded in 1914 as People’s Hospital with “Service for All” as its mission.

The Akron General 100th Anniversary celebration will continue through 2014 with a series of events, highlighted by a major community gala planned for Aug. 23.

Akron City Council recently approved the street name change in accord with local ordinances. Akron General owns the property on both sides of the street along the entire stretch of the former Wabash Avenue. The new address of the medical center is 1 Akron General Ave.

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