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Mercy Health and Lifepoint Behavioral Health Break Ground on New Behavioral Hospital

Youngstown, OH, and Brentwood, TN – Mercy Health - Youngstown and Lifepoint Behavioral Health, a business unit of Lifepoint Health, broke ground today on a new behavioral health hospital. The new hospital is the result of a joint venture partnership between Mercy Health - Youngstown and Lifepoint Behavioral Health that was announced last year.

The 61,900-square-foot facility, 72-bed facility, to be called Mercy Health Behavioral Hospital, will provide inpatient and outpatient treatment, including a partial hospitalization program and an intensive outpatient program, for adults and geriatric patients experiencing a broad range of mental health illnesses, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, psychosis, personality disorders, and mental health concerns accompanied by substance abuse.

“Mercy Health is excited to once again stand alongside Lifepoint Health to break ground on a specialty care facility that will offer much-needed inpatient behavioral health services to patients throughout the Mahoning Valley,” said John Luellen, MD, market president of Mercy Health – Lorain and Youngstown. “Behavioral health is a critical component to our community’s health and well-being and Mercy Health remains committed to providing high quality services and good help to those in need.”

Mercy Health and Lifepoint Rehabilitation, another business unit of Lifepoint Health, broke ground last summer on Mercy Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a standalone, 60-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital. This hospital will treat patients who suffer from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, complex neurological disorders, orthopedic conditions, multiple trauma, amputation and other injuries or disorders that have impacted a patient’s functional or cognitive skills. It is expected to open to patients later this year.

“Our teams at Lifepoint Behavioral Health and Lifepoint Rehabilitation are pleased to bring new and expanded specialty services to the Mahoning Valley alongside Mercy Health,” said Russ Bailey, president of Lifepoint Behavioral Health and Lifepoint Rehabilitation. “Mercy Health shares our commitment to providing high-quality, patient-centered care, and we look forward to expanding access to vitally needed behavioral health services to Youngstown-area residents when we open Mercy Health Behavioral Hospital in the fall of 2025. As we celebrate the start of construction, I look forward to seeing all the ways we will advance our mission of making communities healthier in partnership with Mercy Health.”

Mercy Health Behavioral Hospital will be architecturally designed to create a therapeutic environment for patients, featuring open, airy spaces with amenities that include spacious patient rooms, community areas, outside courtyards, and state-of-the-art clinical spaces to support the needs of patients and families. It will be located at 3170 Belmont Avenue in Youngstown, directly adjacent to the rehabilitation hospital.

Lifepoint Behavioral Health will manage the day-to-day operations of the behavioral health hospital. Upon completion, Mercy Health Behavioral Hospital will join Lifepoint Behavioral Health’s network of more than 20 freestanding behavioral health hospitals across the country.

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