Growth Report 2017: Meridian HealthCare Treats Nearly 10,000

Editor’s Note: The following story is from Growth Report 2017, published by The Business Journal.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Across its five divisions, Meridian HealthCare served nearly 11,000 clients in 2016, says CEO Larry Moliterno, adding up to 364,360 units of service.

Meridian offers recovery, prevention, work life, criminal justice and health-care services. With greater demand, Meridian expanded its staff to 260 from 225.

One of the highlights of 2016 took place in August with the opening of a Warren office at Compass Family & Community Services, 320 High St. NE.

“This new project truly integrates primary and behavioral health care by embedding primary health care into medication assisted treatment and recovery-based programming,” Moliterno says.

Meridian offers general family medicine services to the community in Trumbull County, he notes.

Last year Meridian broke ground for the Commons at Madison Avenue, a $7.1-million, 40-unit housing project developed with Compass and Help Hotline Crisis Center.
The project will provide permanent supportive housing for those with substance abuse and mental health disorders.

The organization held two fundraisers in 2016: the Winter Sprinter in February and the Crossroads Comedy Show in October. The Winter Sprinter, held on Mill Creek Metro Parks’ Canfield Bike Trail, raised more than $8,000. The comedy  show was sponsored by PNC Bank and raised nearly $20,000.

Other 2016 highlights include Moliterno’s appearance on WTAM-AM’s “Town Hall on Heroin” with Attorney General Mike DeWine and a gambling awareness event at Youngstown State University featuring former NBA referee Tim Donaghy.

Dr. Daniel Drown, Meridian’s chief medical officer, was presented with an award from the Mahoning County Mental Health and Addiction Board for his leadership and advocacy for medication-assisted treatment, telemedicine and Narcan training and disbursement.
In 2016, Meridian awarded $1,000 college scholarships to four students from Howland, Mineral Ridge, Liberty and Lowellville.

Since starting the scholarship program in 2010, Meridian has awarded more than $41,000 to 15 students.

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