Health Care

St. E’s Boardman Marks 10 Years 
of Serving Valley

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital is marking its 10th anniversary this week with a “Decade of Excellence” celebration designed to draw attention to its mission and rapid growth.

Events include activities to recognize and thank patients, the community, physicians and employees for their role in transforming the site at 8401 Market St. “from an empty, grassy field to a thriving acute-care facility,” the hospital said in a news release.

Since opening in 2007, St. Elizabeth Boardman has admitted more than 102,000 patients, treated 465,000 visits to its emergency room, welcomed nearly 10,500 new babies, and invested nearly $50 million in community benefits, largely in charity care, according to the release.

“It’s been both gratifying and inspiring to witness the dynamic between the community and this hospital during our first decade here in Boardman,” said the hospital’s president, Genie Aubel, in a prepared statement.

One of the three hospitals that make up Mercy Health – Youngstown, St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital includes:

  • More than 480 physicians as part of its medical staff.
  • 90 allied health professionals with privileges.
  • Nearly 850 employees.
  • Three residency programs.

At its opening, the hospital was expected to double in size within 20 years. But patient volumes drove planning for that expansion within its first three years in operation.

Donald Kline, president and chief executive officer of Mercy Health – Youngstown, said a forward-looking approach has enabled St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital to continue to expand to meet the needs of the community.

Since 2007, Kline noted, the hospital has nearly doubled its emergency beds and operating rooms; Is caring for nearly nine times as many outpatient visits, and has doubled the average number of monthly births since introducing maternity services in 2014.

“The evolution of this hospital – from the first shovel we put into the ground to where we are today – has been driven by the needs of our community,” Kline said. “We’re always looking to the future to anticipate where those needs will take us next.”

Activities and events to celebrate “A Decade of Excellence” at the hospital include:

  • “Birthday” cards and treats for patients.
  • Community donation Aug. 8 from St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital employees to the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley (WATCH “3 Minutes With” VIDEO)
  • Spiritual Care Service today at 10 a.m. at the St. Elizabeth statue at the main entrance.
  • Blessing of the Hands throughout today.
  • Anniversary mass on Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the Azalea Room.

SOURCE: Mercy Health – Youngstown.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.