Local medical center holds grand opening

HOWLAND — A new medical center aimed at making care to patients in the community more accessible and more convenient opened its doors April 5.

Local dignitaries and Mercy Health officials and staff gathered for a grand opening and ribbon cutting Wednesday for Mercy Health Howland Medical Center.

The new 50,000-square foot center is adjacent to the Mercy Health Howland Surgery Center off Niles Cortland Road and will bring together primary care physicians, specialists, outpatient lab, diagnostic imaging, audiology, pain management and outpatient surgery in one location to meet growing needs in Trumbull County.

Those in attendance could tour the $14.5 million state-of-the-art facility and see patient exam rooms, x-ray and ultrasound rooms and offices.

Kathy Cook, president of St. Joseph Warren Hospital, said the center’s design was to create ”a warm modern healing environment” that is soothing and convenient for patients.

”This is a very important milestone for Howland, for Trumbull County and for Mercy Health Youngstown to be opening the Howland Medical Center. This new community resource was more than two years in the making and was driven by a deeply committed and passionate team of leaders from within Mercy Health and the community,” she said.

Cook said the center is Mercy Health’s way ”to extend our reach beyond the hospital, bringing services to the community where people live, work and play.”

Cook said future plans will be to expand the second floor with additional physician offices and services.

Officials said the center will be at the forefront of meeting peoples’ needs.

Don Kline, Mercy Health Youngstown president / CEO, said the hospital is an example of the ”unprecedented transformation of the health care environment” with an aging population needing more urgent, extensive and more frequent care.

”This center will not only meet the needs of the community but the needs of the physicians and staff here so it is convenient for all. This center will provide amazing patient care, operational excellence and foster healthy communities,” Kline said.

Dr. James Kravec, executive vice president and chief clinical officer Mercy Health Youngstown, said the center will provide easy access to care.

”People want to stay close to home for high-quality health care. That is what drove the development of the Howland Medical Center. This makes it easier for patients to access high quality health care services in their own community,” he said.

Howland Administrator Darlene St. George said the township has had a long positive relationship with the Sisters of the Humility of Mary and now Mercy Health.

”This took a collaborative effort to make this happen to benefit the health and well being of our community. This amazing facility is worthy of this celebration,” she said, noting it will help with the area’s economic growth.

Martha Bushey, board chair for Mercy Health Youngstown, said Mercy Health continues to provide ways for people to access care, ”which is crucial to everyone’s well being.”

”Today we launch this important milestone in our history … This center will have an enduring impact on all of us,” she said.