Canton City Council voted unanimously on Monday, Oct. 24 to award Mercy Medical Center a City of Canton Community Development Block Grant for $250,000 for the Mercy Primary Care at St. Paul Square project. Located at 1459 Superior Ave. in Northeast Canton, Mercy Primary Care at St. Paul Square will offer a primary care physician office and ancillary services to a medically underserved area. The grant will be used to renovate a building on the grounds of the former St. Paul Catholic Church to the new Mercy health care facility.
“We are grateful that the city of Canton recognized the need for health care services in zip code 44705 and chose, early on, to join our circle of collaboration,” said Sister Carolyn Capuano, HM, vice president of Mission and Ministry at Mercy Medical Center. “With this grant, the City has become a key partner with the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, Catholic Diocese of Youngstown (St. Paul/Christ the Servant Parish) and the Sisters of Charity Health System,” Capuano said.
Canton’s 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 zip code area 44705, most of which could have been treated by a primary care physician’s office.
“The establishment of Mercy Primary Care at St. Paul 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 at Mercy Medical Center. Mercy Primary Care at St. Paul Square will provide accessible health care and help improve the quality of life for the 18,000 residents living in this historically diverse and proud neighborhood.
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.