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8/28/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Cleveland Clinic to acquire minority stake in Akron General

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Cleveland Clinic and Akron General Health System have agreed to terms for a deal that will give the Cleveland Clinic minority ownership of Akron General Health System, making Akron General its exclusive health system partner in Summit County.

According to Akron General officials, this transaction combines the clinical expertise and resources of the Cleveland Clinic and the hospital to strengthen and improve access to high-quality, affordable health care services for patients in the region.

Both organizations are committed to the development of a long-term, mutually beneficial partnership that will grow over time, according to Akron General officials. Details of the agreement were not released.

Cleveland Clinic is the best hospital in Ohio as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, according to Akron General officials.

As a provision of the agreement, the Cleveland Clinic will make a substantial capital investment in Akron General Health System, according to hospital officials. In addition, the organizations will have representation on the other’s board.


Citizens Police Academy accepting applications

COPLEY/NORTON — Citizens of three southern Summit County communities can apply to participate in the 12-week Southern Summit Citizens Police Academy.

The sixth Southern Summit Citizens Police Academy is accepting applications from residents of Copley, Norton and Barberton. Academy classes, which begin Sept. 11, will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and will be taught by law enforcement personnel from the three communities, according to Sgt. Jack Simone, of the Copley Police Department. Classes will meet in rotation at Copley High School, Barberton High School and the Norton Fire Department, Simone said.

The academy was designed to open channels of communication between citizens and their local police departments and to develop an understanding of the police role in a community, Simone said.

Participants in the academy must be at least 18 years old, be physically able to participate in active class training, commit to attend 12 weekly three-hour classes, sign any required waivers or agreements and have no criminal history other than minor traffic violations, Simone said. Background checks will be performed.

Copley residents may pick up an application from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays from the Copley Police Department, 1280 Sunset Drive. Applications also are online at www.copley.oh.us. Residents may have an application mailed to them by contacting Simone at 330-670-2714.

Norton residents can get an application from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Norton Police Department, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive. Residents can contact Sgt. John Dallessandro at 330-706-0084, ext. 144, for an application or details.


Metro Parks/ODNR partnering on property management

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit Metro Parks has entered into a deal with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Ohio State Parks to acquire 1,000 acres from the state.

Metro Parks officials have signed a 25-year management agreement with the ODNR for Tinkers Creek State Park in Streetsboro and Tinkers Creek State Nature Preserve in Aurora. Both areas make up a combined 1,141 acres and are contiguous with the district’s 2,000-acre Liberty Park in the Twinsburg area, according to Summit Metro Parks officials.

The deal also transfers management of the 6-acre Portage Lakes Wetland State Nature Preserve, a sphagnum bog in Coventry, and the 18-acre Karlo Fen, a wetland in Green, according to Summit Metro Parks officials. The Portage Lakes Wetland and Karlo Fen areas have no public access and will remain conservation areas, according to park officials.

According to the agreement, Summit Metro Parks rangers will patrol the park areas, and facility and trail improvements may be made over time, if needed, in Tinkers Creek.

Summit Metro Parks officials said they intend to add one part-time, year-round employee to assist with the maintenance of the Tinkers Creek areas and its new Liberty Park Nature Center, which is under construction with a planned opening next spring.

With the ODNR agreement, Summit Metro Parks officials said they now manage 12,900 total acres, including 14 parks and more than 125 miles of trails that see more than 5 million visits every year.

For more information, call 330-865-8065 or visit www.summitmetroparks.org


Women’s Network accepting applications for THRIVE!

FAIRLAWN — Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio is now accepting applications for its 2014-15 THRIVE! mentoring program.

The program will kick off at a Sept. 11 meeting from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Fairlawn Country Club. Participating pairs will meet and create an action plan for future meetings.

According to Women’s Network officials, the mentor and mentee are required to meet at least once per month during the program year, from September 2014 to May 2015. The program is open to all women leaders in Northeast Ohio interested in fostering and supporting personal and professional development.

Those interested in becoming a mentee must become a Women’s Network member. To register for the program, visit www.womensnetworkneohio.com. Upon registration, an email will be sent with an application and information that must be submitted by Sept. 1.

Future THRIVE! events will include leadership workshops and other professional development seminars, according to Women’s Network officials.

For details, contact Cindy Biggs, THRIVE! program chair, at 330-465-9089 or cindyjbiggs@gmail.com.  


Raccoon-rabies vaccination baiting underway

NORTHEAST OHIO — The Ohio departments of Health (ODH) and Natural Resources (ODNR), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and local health departments, have begun fall oral rabies vaccination operations in 14 Northeast and Eastern Ohio counties.

Baiting will cover 4,158 square miles in the designated areas. Bait distribution is scheduled to be complete by Sept. 19.

Health officials state rabies is a viral disease that affects mammals and is almost always fatal. Rabies vaccine baiting operations are intended to immunize raccoons that are at greatest risk of being exposed to raccoon rabies coming into the state, thus creating an “immune barrier” along the state line that can prevent the spread of raccoon-rabies variant (RRV) into the rest of the state, according to state officials.

For the third year in a row, a new oral rabies vaccine called ONRAB® will be field tested in parts of Summit, Lake, Portage, Geauga and Cuyahoga counties as part of a national trial involving five states.

The ONRAB® blister pack will be distributed by aircraft and by vehicle and is about 1 by 2 inches and has a dark-green coloring and a sweet-smelling waxy coating.

Residents in the areas to be baited should keep children and pets away from the baits. Dogs are attracted to the baits and will occasionally eat them, but they are not harmful to pets, according to state officials.

Anyone handling baits should wear gloves, and if baits are found in areas frequented by pets or children, they should be tossed into deeper cover, according to state officials. Anyone exposed to the vaccine within the bait should wash any areas of the skin that came into contact with it.

For more information, call the ORV Information line at 888-RABIES1 (722-4371) or Summit County Public Health at 330-923-4891.


Ariel, Hakim, Pam Lifke and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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