Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $70,000 Appalachian Regional Commission Project Grant to Mercy Health Youngstown, LLC

Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan today announced a $70,000 Appalachian Regional Commission Project Grant to Mercy Health Youngstown, LLC  to be used for the purchase of new medical education simulation equipment. The equipment will improve and expand clinical training for physicians, dentists, nurses, medical students, and other healthcare professionals and medical staff in the region. According to the Mercy Health and the ARC, this investment will enhance competency for healthcare providers, improve patient outcomes, and increase access to healthcare in under-served areas of Appalachian Ohio. The equipment supplied under this grant is also necessary for Mercy Health to be able to maintain its accreditation status with the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education, which is vital to its medical education programs. 

In addition to ARC funds, the Mercy Health Foundation will provide $70,000 in local matching funds, bringing the total project funding to $140,000.

“Mercy Health in Youngstown is a vital resource supporting the health and wellbeing of citizens in the Mahoning Valley, and a vital engine of our local economy. This crucial funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission assures that it will continue to be just that. As I’ve said many times, the importance of the investments made by the ARC cannot be understated and I am personally offended that President Trump is seeking to would eliminate this important program. As long as I am a member of Congress, I will fight against proposed cuts from the Administration to make sure it is empowered to continue engaging in life-saving development work like this across Appalachia, a region in desperate need of help. I look forward to watching Mercy Health continue to expand its reputation for excellence with these new resources,” said Congressman Ryan.

President Trump’s first Budget outline proposed to eliminate funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission. The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia and help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.  In the past 50 years, ARC’s $3.8 billion investments resulted in 312,000 jobs and $10.5 billion in additional earnings.