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Physicians in the Media

Even though the Cleveland Cavaliers fell a little short in their National Basketball Association title chase this year, the attention LeBron James and Stephen Curry, both born at Summa Akron City Hospital, brought to the hospital and, in particular, to our Obstetrics program, was championship-level in every way.

When a local television station in late May secured the birth records of both NBA superstars and reported that both men were, in fact, born at Summa Akron City Hospital – albeit 39 months apart – the floodgates opened to media from around the world wanting to learn more about this fascinating and odds-defying story.

Fortunately, the teamwork demonstrated by staff and our patients throughout the maternity unit was also MVP caliber, as multiple interview requests were granted and filming took place throughout the second floor facilities and around the Summa Akron City Hospital campus.

When all was said and done, Summa Akron City Hospital hosted media crews from all over the world and right here on our own court (so to speak), including: ESPN, ESPN Brazil, the Jimmy Kimmel Show, Univision, Sky Sports Italy Philippine TV, NBC Bay Area, the San Jose Mercury News (which coined the headline above), the San Francisco Examiner, NBA Inside Stuff, the Akron Beacon Journal, all the local TV stations and numerous national newspapers.

Dr. Vivian von Gruenigen, chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and system medical director for women’s health, was outstanding in multiple interviews, as were Drs. Edward Ferris, vice chair of the department, and Dr. Alexander Ormond, who quipped during his interview on Fox 8 that women in our community who want to increase their odds of having an NBA MVP should come to Summa Akron City Hospital to give birth.

Special thanks go out to the entire nursing staff and support personnel throughout the maternity areas, who accommodated the news crews, often with little or no notice. Talk about MVPs!

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