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Ellen Smith, P.T., M.P.A., FACHE

Summa Health System
VP, Business Development & Access

Ellen joined the Summa Health leadership team in August of 2014.  In her current role as Vice President, Business Development & Access, she provides leadership and strategic oversight of system-wide business development, physician recruitment, and access center functions.  

She is responsible for creating a system-wide access strategy including identification, evaluation, and prioritization of patient and physician access initiatives across entities and sites of care.  


Ellen has over 25 years of experience in health care, and has held leadership roles at large health systems in Ohio and Michigan.  Most recently she held the position of Senior Director, Growth and Business Development, at OhioHealth in Columbus, Ohio.  Prior to joining OhioHealth, Ellen held progressive leadership roles over the course of 18 years at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  During her tenure at Spectrum Health she was able to greatly enhance services and grow programs to ensure 24/7 access to care by reengineering the Clinical Call Center and effectively engaging physician leadership.


Ellen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy at Grand Valley State University, and holds a Masters of Public Administration from Western Michigan University.   She completed an Executive Leadership certification program at University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  Ellen currently serves as a Board Member for the Red Cross of Summit, Medina, and Summit Counties.