Hit Television Show Gives Ohio Hospital its Big Break

Jan 25, 2007, 00:00 ET from Summa Health System

    AKRON, Ohio, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- How are the hit FOX show "Prison
 Break," a hospital in Akron, Ohio and the world's most renowned treatment
 program for alcoholism related? Find out the answer on the Jan. 29 episode
 of "Prison Break," which is set at Summa Health System's St. Thomas
 Hospital in Akron, Ohio.
     In the episode titled "The Message," Summa's St. Thomas Hospital is a
 meeting place for two of "Prison Break's" characters, Michael Scofield,
 who's on the run with his brother after escaping from prison, and Dr. Sara
 Tancredi, a former addict who seeks strength from Alcoholics Anonymous' Big
 Book. Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio in 1935. While no
 filming for the episode occurred at St. Thomas Hospital, several scenes
 take place in a fictitious version of the hospital.
     "Many people do not realize the important role St. Thomas Hospital and
 Akron played in the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous," said Dr. Victoria
 Sanelli, medical director of Summa's drug and alcohol treatment program.
 "We are excited to have the hospital's rich history acknowledged in such a
 unique way on 'Prison Break.' "
     Summa Health System's St. Thomas Hospital also played a role in the
 early days of Alcoholics Anonymous. In 1939, the first inpatient unit in
 the United States for the treatment of alcoholism was established at St.
 Thomas Hospital when the hospital's administrator, Sister Ignatia, and Dr.
 Bob, a skilled proctologist and founding member of AA, admitted the first
 alcoholic patient to the hospital. This resulted in a methodology for the
 treatment of alcoholism that spread throughout hospitals worldwide. Since
 that time, St. Thomas Hospital has treated more than 50,000 patients for
 alcohol and substance abuse. In 2006, the hospital dedicated the Sister
 Ignatia Heritage Center to preserve and honor the work of Sister Ignatia
 and those who followed in her footsteps in the treatment of substance
 abuse.
     "Prison Break" will air at 8:00 p.m.
     About Summa Health System
     Summa Health System is one of the largest organized delivery systems in
 Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a
 health plan, a physician-hospital organization, research and a foundation,
 Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for
 exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services
 are consistently recognized by U.S. News and World Report and Solucient.
 For more information, visit www.summahealth.org.
 
 

SOURCE Summa Health System
    AKRON, Ohio, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- How are the hit FOX show "Prison
 Break," a hospital in Akron, Ohio and the world's most renowned treatment
 program for alcoholism related? Find out the answer on the Jan. 29 episode
 of "Prison Break," which is set at Summa Health System's St. Thomas
 Hospital in Akron, Ohio.
     In the episode titled "The Message," Summa's St. Thomas Hospital is a
 meeting place for two of "Prison Break's" characters, Michael Scofield,
 who's on the run with his brother after escaping from prison, and Dr. Sara
 Tancredi, a former addict who seeks strength from Alcoholics Anonymous' Big
 Book. Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio in 1935. While no
 filming for the episode occurred at St. Thomas Hospital, several scenes
 take place in a fictitious version of the hospital.
     "Many people do not realize the important role St. Thomas Hospital and
 Akron played in the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous," said Dr. Victoria
 Sanelli, medical director of Summa's drug and alcohol treatment program.
 "We are excited to have the hospital's rich history acknowledged in such a
 unique way on 'Prison Break.' "
     Summa Health System's St. Thomas Hospital also played a role in the
 early days of Alcoholics Anonymous. In 1939, the first inpatient unit in
 the United States for the treatment of alcoholism was established at St.
 Thomas Hospital when the hospital's administrator, Sister Ignatia, and Dr.
 Bob, a skilled proctologist and founding member of AA, admitted the first
 alcoholic patient to the hospital. This resulted in a methodology for the
 treatment of alcoholism that spread throughout hospitals worldwide. Since
 that time, St. Thomas Hospital has treated more than 50,000 patients for
 alcohol and substance abuse. In 2006, the hospital dedicated the Sister
 Ignatia Heritage Center to preserve and honor the work of Sister Ignatia
 and those who followed in her footsteps in the treatment of substance
 abuse.
     "Prison Break" will air at 8:00 p.m.
     About Summa Health System
     Summa Health System is one of the largest organized delivery systems in
 Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a
 health plan, a physician-hospital organization, research and a foundation,
 Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for
 exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services
 are consistently recognized by U.S. News and World Report and Solucient.
 For more information, visit www.summahealth.org.
 
 SOURCE Summa Health System