YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Bishop George Murry and Youngstown Mercy Health CEO Bob Shroder were among those at a cutting the ribbon Wednesday afternoon for St. Elizabeth Health Center’s new Behavioral Health Institute.
The $10 million project started in March and will open January 1.
The institute will have 38 beds to help treat all levels of behavioral health issues. The institute is located in the old labor and delivery unit at St. Elizabeth.
“This institute will improve clinical care and meet a growing need for our mental health services in the Mahoning Valley,” Shroder said.
Mercy Health Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Larry Graham said the new center will not just recognize mental illness, but promote good mental health.
Don Koenig, chief operating officer of Youngstown’s St. Elizabeth Health Center, said the Mahoning Valley is the most “under-resourced” market in Ohio for adult behavioral health needs. This addition should help alleviate those needs, he said.
“Mercy Health is making a big contribution and big step forward with our community partners to begin to change that formula for the people of the Valley,” he said.
The Behavioral Health Institute will start taking patients sometime during the middle of next week.