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Mercy Health Awarded $70K for Simulation Equipment

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mercy Health Youngstown will purchase new medical simulation equipment thanks to a $70,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, along with a matching donation from the Mercy Health Foundation.

The machines will allow the hospital system to expand clinical training for physicians, dentists, nurses, medical students and other staff. In addition, the equipment is required for Mercy Health to keep its accreditation with the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.

“Mercy Health in Youngstown is a vital resource supporting the health and well-being of citizens in the Mahoning Valley, and a vital engine of our local economy,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13 Ohio, in a release announcing the grant. “This crucial funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission assures that it will continue to be just that. … I look forward to watching Mercy Health continue to expand its reputation for excellence with these new resources.”

In announcing the grant, Ryan again attacked President Trump’s proposed budget cuts that would eliminate funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development agency working in 420 counties across 13 states.

“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 eliminate this important program,” he continued. “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.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.