Congressman Ryan Secures $3 Million for Community Project Funding in Summit and Portage Counties | Congressman Tim Ryan
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Congressman Ryan Secures $3 Million for Community Project Funding in Summit and Portage Counties

July 16, 2021
Press Release
Ryan Secured All Ten Projects He Submitted, Totaling Nearly $18 Million Across the 13th Congressional District

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan today announces $3 million in federal funding for projects in Summit and Portage Counties that he secured through the House Appropriations Community Projects Funding (CPF) process. Projects include $1 for the Akron Civic Commons Lock 3 Park Project, $1 million for the Summa Health Sr. Ignatia Heritage and Reflection Center, and $1 million for the University Hospitals Portage Breast Health Center. Ryan, who is Chairman of the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee and Vice-Chair of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, secured all ten projects he applied for – a total of nearly $18 million for the 13th Congressional District. The money for these projects and additional projects in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties was awarded through the new, updated Community Projects Funding (CPF) process, which is being implemented with accountability measures to ensure a responsible and transparent process.

“I’m proud to have brought this funding home to help our community thrive. These projects that I secured funding for will help bolster our workers and build the economy of the future right here in Northeast Ohio,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “These investments will provide outdoor space for community gatherings and events, help people who face mental health and addiction challenges, and provide women with both preventive care and treatment. It’s my priority in Congress to bring back Ohioans’ hard-earned tax dollars to help create jobs and ensure a good quality of life for everyone who lives here.”

“We are absolutely thrilled with the $1 million dollar grant that Congressman Tim Ryan secured for our Akron Civic Commons 2.0 Lock 3 Park project along the Ohio & Erie Canalway in downtown Akron,” said Dan Rice, President and CEO of the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition. “This grant is essential to the transformation of Lock 3 Park into an accessible, equitable and welcoming destination for everyone along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Special thanks to Congressman Tim Ryan for his incredible vision and support for Lock 3 Park, Ohio & Erie Canalway and Towpath Trail!”

“We truly appreciate Congressman Ryan’s leadership and support of our Sister Ignatia Heritage and Reflection Center project,” said David Custodio, M.D., President, Summa Health System – Akron and St. Thomas Campuses. “This important initiative will support patients and families who are navigating through complex mental health and addiction challenges. The Center will also be a regional, state and national destination site for the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) community.”

“We look forward to establishing the UH Portage Breast Health Center to provide improved, specialized breast health care to our patients in Portage and surrounding counties,” said Bill Benoit, Chief Operating Officer, University Hospitals South Market.“We are very grateful that Congressman Ryan recognizes the importance of the UH Portage Breast Health Center and thank him for his support for this project. The addition of comprehensive radiology, mammography, ultrasound and operating equipment will enable our caregivers to provide well-rounded care plans for our patients. Our goal is to help our community every step of the way during their preventive care and treatment journeys.”

Find more information on the wide array of Community Projects that Ryan secured funding for here and below.

Akron Civic Commons, Lock 3 Park Project

Lock 3 Park is located along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the center of Akron, and it is the central gathering place for concerts, festivals, and events. Working in partnership with City of Akron and Summit County, neighborhood residents and community stakeholders, and a variety of others this project be used to turn Lock 3 Park into an accessible, equitable and welcoming park for everyone in downtown Akron.  Their plans include the addition of trees, seating, formal gardens, artwork, permanent ice-skating areas, and a nationally designed Performance Pavilion.  Akron Civic Commons Lock 3 Park is a $10 million dollar public-private partnership, with broad support from residents, local government, corporations, foundations, and the State of Ohio.  

Summa Health Sr. Ignatia Heritage and Reflection Center

Summa Health has a remarkable history relative to behavioral health services and innovation. Starting in 1939, the system continues to prioritize providing the best care and services to behavioral health patients. The system is building a new comprehensive and state-of-the-art behavioral health facility to meet the community’s need. Within the new facility, the Sr. Ignatia Heritage and Reflection Center (“The Center”) will be created to honor the woman who devoted her life to serving those in recovery. The Center will house a new conference center to host AA and other recovery meetings, a dedicated space to house AA archives, and a serene setting to support the reflection needs of the recovery community and their caregivers. It provides an exceptional example of public and private partners working together to preserve and promote the legacy of addiction medicine that was founded in Akron and within the great state of Ohio.

University Hospitals Portage Breast Health Center

UH Portage Medical Center has been caring for Portage County and the surrounding communities for over 100 years, achieving clinical excellence in several services greatly needed by the community. UH Portage is a 302 licensed-bed hospital and is the second-largest employer and the only hospital in the county. UH Portage offers an array of inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical specialties. Women’s health care over the life cycle is an essential component of UH Portage’s services. There are significant opportunities for enhancing women’s health care, including in the area of breast cancer treatment. This request would provide the resources needed to update equipment and make modest facility renovations in order to establish a patient-focused Breast Health Center within the existing medical center.

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