Mercy Health to Build 2 Hospitals with Lifepoint

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mercy Health Youngstown will begin construction this year on two acute care specialty hospitals, Mercy Health Rehabilitation Hospital and Mercy Health Behavioral Hospital. The projects are part of joint venture partnerships with Lifepoint Rehabilitation and Lifepoint Behavioral Health, both business units of Tennessee-based Lifepoint Health.

“Mercy Health Rehabilitation Hospital and Mercy Health Behavioral Hospital will greatly expand access to much needed health care services in the Mahoning Valley,” says Dr. John Luellen, market president of Mercy Health Lorain and Youngstown.

Construction of Mercy Health Rehabilitation Hospital is expected to begin in spring with construction of Mercy Health Behavioral Hospital planned for summer. Both hospitals are expected to open in 2024.

Mercy Health Rehabilitation Hospital will be a standalone, 60-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital. It will treat patients who suffer from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, complex neurological disorders, orthopedic conditions, multiple trauma, amputation and other injuries or disorders that have impacted a patient’s functional or cognitive skills.

The hospital will have private rooms and feature multidisciplinary therapy gymnasiums featuring therapeutic technologies such as augmented-reality balance training, therapy bionics and a full-body exoskeleton. It will also have a therapeutic courtyard with amenities to support patient care and help patients return to their daily living activities.

Mercy Health Behavioral Hospital will be a 75,000-square-foot, 72-bed hospital, providing inpatient services for adults with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, substance use disorder and other mental health illnesses. This hospital will be designed to create a therapeutic environment for patients, featuring open, airy spaces.

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 care is provided by more than 60,000 associates serving communities in Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as throughout Ireland.

“Lifepoint Health is a leading health care provider with a track record of outstanding acute inpatient rehabilitation and behavioral health care,” Luellen says. “We couldn’t think of a better partner to work with to bring this crucial care to our patients and the Mahoning Valley.

Lifepoint operates 33 joint-venture, standalone inpatient rehabilitation hospitals across the country. Mercy Health Behavioral Hospital will be Lifepoint Behavioral Health’s sixth joint-venture, standalone behavioral health hospital nationally and first in the state of Ohio.