University Hospitals buys Andover health facility

ANDOVER — University Hospitals has acquired the Andover Health Center from Mercy Health, increasing its presence in Ashtabula County.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The facility’s 30 employees will not be affected.

UH will officially take ownership on May 1.

Lynn Novelli, UH spokesperson, said purchasing the center was desirable for several reasons. “UH has a long-term presence in Ashtabula County with hospitals in Conneaut and Geneva,” said Novelli. “We also have multiple physician offices in the area. We wanted to have a presence in southern Ashtabula County.”

Novelli said the facility will include 24 / 7 emergency services, lab services, X-rays and transfer service to UH’s Geauga hospital. The facility has five beds and has served approximately 6,000 patients per year under Mercy Health since 1991.

Novelli added that UH will not be expanding the physical plant, but will be exploring new services.

Mercy Health spokesperson Jonathon Fauvie said the sale is a reflection of the community’s needs. “We always want to make sure we are doing what is most effective and efficient for patients,” Fauvie said. “From a geographic standpoint, the patients seen at the Andover facility usually come from Ashtabula County and may be closer to physicians in the Cleveland area.”

Mercy Health, which operates nearly two dozen medical facilities in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, including St. Joseph Warren Hospital, has begun the process of merging with Maryland-based Bon Secours Health System.