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Mercy Health Unveils Renovated Infusion Space

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital unveiled its newly renovated medical infusion space on Tuesday, which will serve patients needing pulmonary, hematology, urology and renal care.

In addition to the updated center, patients will benefit from coordinated services as physicians and pharmacists will work alongside the infusion center team to increase synchronization of treatment and enhance communication for patients and families.

Mercy Health opened a newly renovated oncology infusion center earlier this year and Tuesday’s opening builds upon the same concept for those not seeking oncology services.

“For some patients managing chronic illness such as blood-related or kidney disease, may require the need for IV medications and that is where we are able to step in,” said Courtney Stryffeler, nurse manager of the Medical Infusion Center. “We work directly with physicians and our pharmacy to administer these medications. Whether it be antibiotics, blood transfusions to hydration and central line care. It is all under one roof.”

A few of the new amenities include heated chairs and blankets alongside private spaces that include televisions and a place for friends and family to sit beside their loved one during treatment.

“When it comes to healing, there is nothing that helps promote that process more than being with your support network every step of the way,” said Lori DeNiro, chief nursing officer at Mercy Health Youngstown. “Having the ability to sit side by side while receiving treatments, is not only unique, but benefits our patients more than one can imagine.”

Pictured: Courtney Stryffeler, nurse manager; Christine Smoot, assistant nurse manager; and Dr. Jon Arnott, chief medical officer at Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.