Mercy Health Awarded $25.4M to Continue Virus Testing

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mercy Health-Youngstown has been awarded $25.4 million through the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to continue providing COVID-19 testing throughout the area.

The agency has funded 395 hospitals that have provided inpatient care for at least 100 COVID-19 patients as of April 10 and provided uncompensated care payments for patients unable to pay. Such hospitals accounted for 71% of COVID-19 admissions, the Department of Health and Human Services says.

“As we continue care for our community during this unprecedented time in history, these funds allow us to remain focused on our mission of delivering high-quality, compassionate health care to all who come through our doors, especially those who are poor and under-served,” said President Dr. John Luellen in a statement.

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital has received $13,084,972 and St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital has received $12,390,297.

“This federal investment in Mercy Health is a testament to their commitment to providing the best care possible during this health crisis,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan in a statement announcing the funding. “Mercy Health – their doctors, nurses, and support staff – have been on the front-line keeping our community safe throughout COVID-19 pandemic.”

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