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Summa’s new app helps moms, babies stay healthy

5/15/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Summa Health System
AKRON — With contribution from Summa Foundation Circle of Women’s Health Philanthropists, a new world-wide application designed especially for mothers and their newborns has been developed by Summa Health System. According to Summa officials, it is among the first apps developed by a hospital in Summit County, and only a small number of hospitals across the country have developed their own apps for patient education.

The free app, known as “Flourish-Women’s Resource App,” went live May 5 on iTunes and provides information for women on maternal health, proper nutrition, breastfeeding, bonding with baby, proper use of a pacifier, bringing baby home and more. The interactive dialogues are designed to let women learn at their own pace, as well as to help create behavior change.

The app can be accessed through both smartphones and tablets and can be downloaded for free through both iTunes and Android stores.

The Summa Foundation Circle is comprised of a network of women leaders who share a philanthropic vision for improving the overall health and well-being of women in the community. The founding chairs are Dr. Vivian von Gruenigen, chair of the Summa Women’s Health Institute, and Julia Rea Bianchi, Summa Foundation Board member.

Shown above, from left, are Jo Dangel, of Summa Health System; Karen Dulaney, of JP Morgan; Nancy Myers, of Summa Health System; Denise Wells, community philanthropist; Phylis Ferrara, of Summa; Ginger Marchetta, community philanthropist; von Gruenigen; Mary Kay Chlebina, community philanthropist; and Dr. Priya Maseelall, of Reproductive Gynecology Inc.

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