YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mercy Health – Youngstown is renovating the former VA Clinic building on Belmont Avenue to accommodate a variety of services. The 25,000 square foot building will undergo a facelift and technology upgrade to make way for patient care areas.
When complete, the space will offer four separate but intertwined services, says Dr. John Luellen, president of Mercy Health – Youngstown. It should be completed by the end of the year.
The first to take shape will be an expanded space for the family medicine residency program. Moving the program from Mercy Health’s already crowded campus – St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital will make additional physicians available to area residents. Co-located in this space will be an updated obstetrics and gynecology clinic.
“This move will allow Mercy Health to train more family physicians and accommodate more patients,” Luellen said. “Furthermore, it will provide access to these medical services in an area where they were previously unavailable.”
Mercy also plans to relocate and expand the Centering Pregnancy program which focuses on group patient care. Knowing that receiving health care in a group setting leads to greater engagement, learning, and promotes better outcomes, the program strives to reduce child mortality, Luellen says.
Bringing this program out of the hospital and into the community will help young mothers access this resource, he continues. And co-locating the Centering Pregnancy Program in the same location as an obstetrics and gynecology clinic will provide a more cohesive and comprehensive care pathway.
Mercy Health will also launch an addiction medicine fellowship program in the new space. Mercy intends to have two fellows per year graduate from this program. With the Centering Pregnancy program directly across the hall, addiction specialists will integrate with the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic to help pregnant women struggling with addiction. The goal of this collaborative effort will be to minimize the effects of withdrawal on newborns and reduce mortality rates.
“Mercy Health seeks to increase access to services within the community where we know these programs will impact the greatest needs,” says Luellen, noting that much of the planning for the new building was grounded knowledge gained through community health needs assessment. .
The final aspect of the plan is for the seven acres surrounding the building, which Mercy Health intends to develop as green space for the new campus on the Belmont Avenue corridor.
The aim is to complete renovations to the building and introduce services throughout 2022 with full occupancy by the end of the year.
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