Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $25.4 Million for Mercy Health to Continue Providing COVID-19 Health Services to the Mahoning Valley
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced $25.4 million in funding provided to Mercy Health Youngstown to continue providing COVID-19 health services to the Mahoning Valley. Mercy Health’s St. Elizabeth Hospital in Boardman is receiving $13,084,972 and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown is receiving $12,390,297. The CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, each supported by Congressman Ryan, provided $175 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other healthcare providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response. Congressman Ryan has worked diligently to provide federal funding for Mahoning County as it has been one of the hardest hit areas of the COVID-19 virus.
“This federal investment in Mercy Health is a testament to their commitment to providing the best care possible during this health crisis,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “Mercy Health – their doctors, nurses, and support staff – have been on the front-line keeping our community safe throughout COVID-19 pandemic. I am proud of what they have done during a difficult time and I am proud that they are receiving the additional support they deserve.”
“We have been honored to serve families in our Valley for nearly 110 years,” said John Luellen, M.D., market president, Mercy Health – Youngstown. “As we continue care for our community during this unprecedented time in history, these funds allow us to remain focused on our mission of delivering high-quality, compassionate health care to all who come through our doors, especially those who are poor and under-served.”
This funding, provided through the Health Resources and Services Administration, is being given to 395 hospitals who provided inpatient care for 100 or more COVID-19 patients through April 10, 2020 and provided uncompensated care payments for patients unable to pay. These 395 hospitals accounted for 71 percent of COVID-19 inpatient admissions reported to the Department of Health and Human Services from nearly 6,000 hospitals around the country.