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Martin P. Hauser

  

Martin (Marty) P. Hauser currently serves as President of Akron, Ohio-based SummaCare, Inc., a provider owned health insurance company affiliated with Summa Health System.

Hauser's career at Akron City Hospital (now Summa Health System) began over 30 years ago, where he served in both the finance and planning divisions. In 1985, Hauser developed and served as president of Akron City Health System (ACHS), a not-for-profit, Physician Hospital Organization joint venture between Akron City Hospital and members of its medical staff. Under his direction, ACHS developed many mutually beneficial relationships with insurance companies, HMOs, PPOs, employers, third party administrators and other payers on behalf of the hospital and its affiliated physicians. 

In 1990, while president of ACHS, Hauser led the creation of an innovative, local managed care program named SummaCare. SummaCare was initially developed to act as the administrator of health benefits for associates of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, a self-funded employer. In 1992, the success of the SummaCare program led to the creation of what is now SummaCare, Inc. 

Today, under his continued direction, SummaCare has grown to include more than 225,000 members throughout Northern Ohio and several other states. It has created a network of more than 8,000 physicians and nearly 50 hospitals. SummaCare now serves not only self-funded employers, but also fully insured employers and individuals by offering products that include preferred provider organization (PPO), point of service (POS), self-funded, individual, and Medicare Advantage plans. In addition, through its subsidiary, Apex Benefits Services, SummaCare has expanded its services to clients in Vermont, Florida, and Tennessee.  

An active participant in the community, Hauser is a current board member and past board chair for the American Heart Association; a graduate of the Leadership Akron program and chair of the Leadership Akron board; a board member of Valley Savings Bank; a Campaign Cabinet member on numerous United Way of Summit County campaigns; and the 2009 Honorary Red Kettle Campaign Chair for the Summit County Salvation Army. 

An advocate of advancement through education, Hauser has spent more than twelve years teaching in the Baldwin Wallace University Healthcare MBA program. He also has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Western Reserve Academy Alumni Association Award; the University of Akron Alumni Honor Award; The University of Akron Athletic Department Meritorious Service Award; The University of Akron College of Business Frank L. Simonetti Distinguished Businesses Alumni Award; and the SMEI "Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year Award." 

A lifelong resident of the Akron area, Hauser attended both Western Reserve Academy and the University of Akron, where he received both his undergraduate and M.B.A. degrees. Married with three children, Hauser resides in Stow, Ohio.

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