Area Hospitals to Receive $22.5M in COVID-19 Funds

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Hospitals in the Mahoning Valley and Stark County will receive more than $22.5 million to continue providing COVID-19 health services.

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13 Ohio, announced the funding, from the Cares Act, Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act in a news release Monday afternoon.

“With our hospitals and front-line workers continuing to serve the people of northeast Ohio, I am proud that this badly needed funding will be made available to those who have responded to this pandemic in our hardest hit communities,” Ryan said. “This crisis is far from over, and everyone needs to do their part. I remain committed to fighting every day to make sure federal resources will be available to those who need them most in our community.”

According to Ryan, hospitals receiving the federal funds include:

  • Aultman Alliance Community Hospital: Alliance, $1.7 million
  • Select Specialty Hospital – Youngstown Inc.: Boardman, $2.65 million
  • Salem Regional Medical Center: Salem, $4.35 million
  • Mercy Health – St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital: Boardman, $2.22 million
  • Mercy Health – St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital: Youngstown, $11.53 million
  • Select Specialty Hospital – Youngstown: Youngstown, $100,000

“As Mercy Health continues to be responsive to the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to our mission of caring for those who need us most,” said John Luellen, M.D., market president, Mercy Health – Youngstown. “As a community and nation, we understand the importance of caring for one another in times of uncertainty. Whether it be a thank you card to a respiratory therapist from someone in the Valley or dollars such as these that will further allow our ministry to provide the latest in COVID-19 treatment, we are grateful and will continue to address this pandemic and other health disparities together.”

Hospitals across Ryan’s 13th congressional district received more than $41.8 million total.

The funding, provided through the Department of Health and Human Services, is part of $10 billion in relief funding in areas highly impacted by COVID-19. The state of Ohio received an allotment of $227,679,815 available to 31 providers. The money will be made available to the recipients starting next week.

The bipartisan CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act provided $175 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other health-care providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response.

In the first round of the allocation, $12 billion was distributed to nearly 400 hospitals that provided in-patient care for 100 or more COVID-19 patients through April 10. In the second round of funding, $10 billion will be distributed to hospitals having more than 161 COVID-19 admissions between Jan. 1 and June 10.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.