Mercy Health buying land from Kent State Trumbull to build new health care campus

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The new campus could include a relocated St. Joseph Warren Hospital

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A future development near Kent State Trumbull could bring more health care services to residents in Trumbull County.

During a September meeting, the Kent State University Board of Trustees approved to sell about 63 acres to Mercy Health.

Mercy Health said it plans to build a new health care campus there.

“Our focus has always been and continues to be on our patients and their families,” said John Luellen, MD, market president at 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 campus could include a relocated St. Joseph Warren Hospital. Mercy Health said the hospital’s current location is landlocked and can’t support the expansion needed to enhance care in Trumbull County.

Mercy Health abandoned plans to build a complex, called Enterprise Park, near the Eastwood Mall. Hospital leaders said in a statement Monday that environmental concerns were just one reason plans changed.

Warren Mayor Doug Franklin said Mercy Health has a commitment to the city.

“They’ve been very forthcoming with us and honest, and they have a commitment to Warren and Niles. I expect them to keep that in some degree,” Frankling said.

Joe Bell, spokesperson for the Cafaro Company, said building a new facility near the Kent campus doesn’t mean plans won’t go forward for Enterprise Park.

“It’s moving along at a good pace. We are all moving in the right direction. Obviously, this year’s pandemic slowed things down greatly, but we continue to talk with Mercy Health,” Bell said.

Friends of the Mahoning River, Inc., issued a statement Monday about Mercy Health’s announcement to buy land next to Kent Trumbull, They see the property as a better location compared to the proposed site of Enterprise Park near the Eastwood Mall complex.

“The presumed land in question is at a higher elevation, not in wetlands, and has ready, probably better, vehicle access, especially during high shopping traffic times. It has many amenities nearby. It seems to us to meet the stated requirements of the alternative site analysis. We commend Mercy Health Youngstown for this prudent move that conserves land with ecologically important economic value that will avoid degradation of human and other environmental health.

Friends of the Mahoning River, Inc.

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Kent State President Todd Diacon said he is looking forward to the opportunities the new health care facility will have for the university.

”We enjoy strong partnerships with several health care 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,” said Kent State President Todd Diacon, PhD.

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