DOWNTOWN AKRON — More than 100 years ago in Akron, a dozen doctors were having trouble getting their patients into the only hospital in town.

The physicians decided that 135 hospital beds for a population of about 175,000 that was growing fast were not enough. To address the problem, the doctors, along with leading members of the community, such as the Seiberlings, the Firestones and the Polskys, got together, and on Feb. 20, 1914, People’s Hospital was born offering 125 beds and with a core mission to provide “service for all.”

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