Mercy Health to Purchase Land from Kent State University for Future Healthcare Campus

For nearly 110 years, Mercy Health has addressed the growing needs of the Mahoning Valley, which includes the city of Warren and its surrounding communities. Mercy Health has been evaluating ways to meet the increasing healthcare needs of those living in Trumbull County, delivering on its promise of providing care when and where people live and work.  

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As part of this commitment, Mercy Health has announced the future development of land adjacent to the Kent State University at Trumbull Campus. 

During a September Kent State Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved the sale of 62.88 acres, which Mercy Health intends to acquire for the development of a healthcare campus. 

“Our focus has always been and continues to be on our patients and their families,” said John Luellen, M.D., market president, Mercy Health – Youngstown. “Collaboration remains a cornerstone in fostering community development and we are grateful to work with another local organization to further provide care within Trumbull County.” 

The new healthcare campus may include the relocation of St. Joseph Warren Hospital as its current location remains landlocked and not able to support the expansion necessary to enhance care within Trumbull County.

Kent State President Todd Diacon, Ph.D., said part of the university’s mission is to serve as an engaged community partner to enhance the quality of life in Northeast Ohio and beyond. 

“Our mission is carried out by forming strong community partnerships with institutions and organizations to help create opportunities for learning for Kent State students and to provide a well-trained workforce for the region we serve,” Diacon said. “We enjoy strong partnerships with several healthcare institutions across the region. This partnership with Mercy Health provides a stellar opportunity for Kent State to offer expanded learning experiences for our students in nursing and various allied health programs.”

In addition to the existing practicums Kent State nursing students already have at Mercy Health’s Trumbull County facilities, and as a part of this land sale, the partnership will expand to include new practicum and clinical and internship opportunities for Kent State students pursuing associate degrees in radiologic and imaging sciences technology, physical therapy assistant technology, occupational therapy assistant technology, respiratory therapy technology and mammography certification.

Mercy Health identifies potential land parcels suitable for development by considering several criteria including infrastructure and environmental impact, amongst others. Additionally, the impact on community health is weighed greatly to ensure that the health system is able to provide care where people need it most. 

About Mercy Health - Youngstown 
Mercy Health - Youngstown is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health, one of the 20 largest health systems in the United States and the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the country. The ministry’s quality, compassionate care is provided by more than 60,000 associates serving communities in Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as throughout Ireland. Mercy Health – Youngstown is an integrated health system in the Mahoning Valley, which encompasses the Youngstown/Warren metropolitan area – Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in Ohio. Mercy Health – Youngstown provides a full spectrum of healthcare services – acute inpatient and trauma, outpatient and ambulatory, rehabilitation, behavioral, emergency and urgent care, primary care physicians in patient-centered medical homes, specialist physician care, home health, home medical equipment, long-term care and hospice care, as well as Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley. Consistent with its commitment to serve each patient with dignity, Bon Secours Mercy Health provides nearly $2 million per day in community benefit. The mission of Mercy Health – Youngstown is to extend the compassionate ministry of Jesus by improving the health and well-being of our communities and bring good help to those in need, especially people who are poor, dying and underserved. Learn more at  

About Kent State University
Kent State University is one of 91 public doctoral universities with high research activity, as categorized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Kent State is the highest-ranking public university in Northern Ohio on the Top Public Schools and Best National Universities lists by U.S. News & World Report. With eight campuses spanning Northeast Ohio, a College of Podiatric Medicine, a Twinsburg Academic Center and academic sites in major world cities, such as New York City, Geneva and Florence, Kent State is one of Ohio’s leading public universities and a major educational, economic and cultural resource far beyond the Northeast Ohio region it has served since 1910. The student body comprises more than 36,000 students, including more than 1,300 international students from nearly 100 countries, and the worldwide alumni family exceeds 257,000. The addition of new learning environments from the sciences to the arts and the development of exciting new academic programs characterize Kent State’s focus on transformational educational experiences. 
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Media Contacts:
Jonathon Fauvie, Mercy Health – Youngstown,, 330-301-7495
Eric Mansfield, Kent State University,, 330-672-2797 

POSTED: Monday, October 5, 2020 10:14 AM
Updated: Friday, December 9, 2022 12:54 PM
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