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St. Joes to build new hospital, turn current site to green space

WARREN — St. Joseph Warren Hospital is moving next door to Kent State at Trumbull, and the current Eastland Avenue facility will become neighborhood green space.

Mercy Health ­ Youngstown will build a new, 241-bed hospital and medical office complex on a 62.88-acre site adjacent to the KSU campus, the health system announced. The facility will be more than 400,000 square feet, and Mercy Health expects to break ground on the facility in early 2023, with an anticipated opening in late 2025.

The current St. Joseph Warren Hospital campus will continue to be maintained by Mercy Health, offering outpatient services in the existing Medical Office Building. The rest of the site, however, will be redeveloped “into green space for the benefit of the surrounding neighborhood and greater community,” a news release states.

A hospital spokeswoman said the green space would be maintained by the health system.

“Given St. Joseph Warren’s current landlocked location and Trumbull County’s growing health care demands, our leadership team identified an opportunity to better serve the community and expand St. Joseph Warren Hospital,” said Mercy Health ­ Lorain and Youngstown President Dr. John Luellen. “This investment in a new hospital campus will not only enable us to provide a better inpatient experience, but it also aligns with our mission to promote the health and well-being of our communities.”

The new hospital campus, which will be the first new hospital construction in the Mahoning Valley since Mercy Health built St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital in 2007, will provide full inpatient and outpatient services and offers opportunity for future campus expansion. The facility will also be home to a medical office building located adjacent to the hospital that will offer specialist care, the health system said.

The project architects are GBBN and Strollo. Thorson Baker and Associates and Heapy are leading engineering. Shook Construction and Turner Construction Company are the construction firms.

This new St. Joseph Warren campus, which will be located on Educational Highway (Trumbull County Highway 1321).

“As a health care ministry, we are called to bring good help to those in need. Building a new campus for St. Joseph Warren Hospital will enable Mercy Health to do just that by continuing to provide high-quality, compassionate care to the people of the Mahoning Valley,” said St. Joseph Warren Hospital President Char Wray. “We look forward to further developing our footprint in Trumbull County by providing additional access points to the care the community needs.”

This is the latest Mercy Health development in the area.

In addition to building this new St. Joseph Warren Hospital campus, Mercy Health ­ Youngstown is also building an inpatient acute rehabilitation hospital as part of a joint venture with Kindred Rehabilitation Services (KRS), a business unit of LifePoint Health, and is renovating the former VA clinic on Belmont Avenue to house a family medicine residency program, new addiction residency program, an obstetrics and gynecology clinic and our Centering Pregnancy Program. Each of these projects are part of Mercy Health ­ Youngstownás commitment to increasing access to much-needed services and adapting to the changing needs of Valley residents.

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