Health Care

Prima Health Care to Join Mercy Health System

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Mercy Health-Youngstown and Prima Health Care, a medical practice with 30 physicians, today announced they have signed a letter of intent to bring Prima and its staff into the Mercy system.

Mercy is the largest provider of health care in the Mahoning Valley. Prima cares for patients in Mahoning and Columbiana counties through its offices in Boardman, Columbiana and Salem.

Prima’s focus on primary care will enhance Mercy’s physician network, which is also the largest in the Valley, according to the announcement.

“We’re confident that our shared commitment to caring for our communities will enable us to come together to offer the highest-quality health car eand the most extensive provider options to the Mahoning Valley,” said Donald Kline, CEO of Mercy Health-Youngstown, in a statement.

Added Steven DeMaiolo, CEO of Primary, “Becoming a part of Mercy Health will give our providers and our patients — access to a full continuum of care and more significant health resoruces, including highly specialized acute care and advanced technologies.”

The acquisition agreement  is expected to be completed in the third quarter. In the coming months, Mercy and Prima say they will conduct transition planning and complete the credentialing process for Prima providers.

SOURCE: Mercy Health-Youngstown

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.