Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $250,000 for Mercy Health - St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital | Congressman Tim Ryan
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Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $250,000 for Mercy Health - St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital

August 24, 2021
Press Release

Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) announces $250,000 to Mercy Health Youngstown to upgrade existing outdated MRI equipment at Mercy Health - St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital to enable the hospital to provide a higher quality of care to residents of Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties. These funds will create three new jobs.

“St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and our frontline healthcare workers are second to none and serve the people of Mahoning Valley with grit and determination every day. I am proud that this badly needed funding will be coming to our community to ensure that we have the highest quality care,” said Rep. Tim Ryan.

“As a health system, our continued reinvestment in both how and where we deliver care is based on the needs of those here in the Mahoning Valley. This grant enhances our ministry’s local investment in both equipment and associates by supercharging our capacity to treat people close to home,” said John Luellen, M.D., market president, Mercy Health – Youngstown.  

The project will lead to improved health outcomes for the region's workforce, reduce employment barriers and increase workforce participation by providing patients with access to more timely and accurate diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions, and will bolster the local healthcare infrastructure by creating three new jobs and attracting healthcare professionals to this Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) designated Medically Underserved Area. 

Residents of Appalachian Ohio experience disproportionately high rates of chronic disease, leading to debilitating health conditions and reduced workforce participation and productivity. Neurological conditions account for a significant portion of chronic disease and death in patients in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties, including stroke, brain tumors, concussions, cerebral aneurysms, and various other neurological conditions. By upgrading the existing MRI equipment at St. Elizabeth Youngstown, Mercy Health will be able to significantly increase its capacity to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat patients, leading to improved patient health outcomes and a healthier and more productive workforce.

In addition to ARC funds, local sources will provide $439,990, bringing the total project funding to $689,990.

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