Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center took the first step this week toward making health care accessible to Canton’s northeast neighborhoods. A ceremonial lease-signing for the new Mercy Primary Care at St. Paul’s Square was held at the site, located at 1459 Superior Ave., NE, Canton, on September 21. Mercy will occupy a building on the grounds of the former St. Paul’s Catholic Church and will convert it to house a primary care physician office and other ancillary health services.
This northeast area provides residency to over one fourth of the city’s population, yet currently has no health care providers. In 2010, Mercy Emergency Department experienced over 6,000 visits from residents living in this zip code, most of which could have been treated by a primary care physician’s office. The Diocese of Youngstown will lease the building to Mercy for $1 a year.
“The establishment of Mercy Primary Care at St. Paul’s Square will allow us to provide accessible and affordable health services to this community and further carry out the hospital’s longstanding mission,” said Thomas E. Cecconi, President and CEO, Mercy Medical Center.
The new health facility is a collaboration of many partners, including The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown (Christ the Servant Parish); Sisters of Charity Health System; the City of Canton and City of Canton Health Department. Partial funding has been provided by the Sisters of the Humility of Mary; Sisters of Charity Health System, Catholic Diocese of Youngstown and a number of individual donors.
More than 75 people attended the ceremonial lease-signing, which was facilitated by Sister Carolyn Capuano, H.M, Vice President Mission and Ministry at Mercy who is heading the project development. The facility is tentatively scheduled to open 3rd Quarter of 2012.
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.