Akron General Health System marked its 100th anniversary Wednesday morning by renaming the street that leads to the front entrance of the medical center to Akron General Avenue.
"That name, the name of our organization, is immediately identified with the group of deeply caring and compassionate people who do our most honorable thing, take care of the health care and sick care needs of our neighbors," said president and CEO Dr. Thomas "Tim" Stover.
Mayor Don Plusquellic and Summit County Executive Russ Pry joined Stover at a celebration ceremony Wednesday morning in front of the entrance of the medical center where they unveiled the new street signs.
"In Akron, for a hundred years, Wabash Avenue has been a thoroughfare of caring and a gateway to healing for millions of people seeking help, and that also includes me," said Stover.
Akron City Council recently approved the street name change. Akron General owns the property on both sides of the street along the entire stretch of Wabash Avenue. The hospital is the only business on Wabash Avenue.
The 100th anniversary celebration will continue through 2014 with a series of events. A major community gala is planned for August 23, 2014.
The new address of the medical center is 1 Akron General Avenue.
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