Mercy Health Hosts 54 New Doctor Residents

YOUNGSTOWN – Mercy Health will add 54  residents to its Youngstown graduate medical education program, effective July 1.

The incoming residents will serve the health system across nine residency programs and one fellowship program, according to a press release from the hospital system. The residents will specialize in internal medicine, family medicine, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, general dentistry, emergency medicine, otolaryngology, transitional year and pharmacy, as well as hospice and palliative medicine.

“Mercy Health-Youngstown is committed to providing access to quality health care to all in our community and the graduate medical residency programs help by bringing the next generation of physicians into our community,” said Dr. Jim Kravec, chief clinical officer for Mercy Health-Youngstown.

The health-care provider’s continued focus on the GME program forwards its goal of “being on the forefront of medical education and ensuring quality health care for our area residents,” Kravec said. “We are excited to welcome these new physicians to the Youngstown community and grow the number of doctors we have to treat our patients.”

The 54 graduating medical students, who have been paired with various Mercy Health-Youngstown programs, will become the health system’s next class of physician residents.

“Mercy Health-Youngstown is proud to train nearly 150 physicians in our residency and fellowship programs,” said Dr. Ron Rhodes, chief academic officer for Mercy Health-Youngstown. “These physicians care for our community both now and, for some, the remainder of their medical careers.”

Mercy Health – Youngstown continues to grow the residency programs and expand services in the Mahoning Valley. In addition to a surgical residency program, which has been in place for 100 years, along with internal medicine residencies offered nearly that long, Mercy Health-Youngstown is adding the newly accredited Addiction Medicine fellowship program. It will train fellows to treat patients with substance abuse and behavioral disorders.

Earlier this year, Mercy Health-Youngstown announced planned renovations of the former VA clinic on Belmont Avenue, the anticipated new home of a variety of services, including the new Addiction Medicine Fellowship and the expanded Family Medicine Residency Program. Mercy Health-Belmont Medical Center will house an obstetrics and gynecology clinic and the Centering Pregnancy Program, services which residents and fellows will have opportunities to work with collaboratively.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.