Mercy Primary Care at St. Paul Square: Formal Lease Signing, September 21, 2011
"One of the things I am most proud of is that nothing is boarded up. It (the convent) is life-giving, and each of us has been part of an act of God in keeping the life, the ministry and the mission alive here."
- Msgr. Lewis F. Gaetano, Christ the Servant Parish
On Wednesday, September 21, 2011, Bishop George V. Murry and Mercy CEO Thomas Cecconi signed the lease turning over the St. Paul Catholic Church of Canton Convent to Mercy Medical Center to be redesigned into a primary care center offering medical and dental services to the more than 9,000 Northeast Canton families that live without access to these services.
Circle of Collaborators
From the Canton Repository, September 22, 2011
CANTON — Mercy Medical Center is answering the need for medical care for thousands of households in the city’s northeast quadrant.It announced Wednesday its plan to bring a Mercy Primary Care facility to 1459 Superior Ave. NE, the former convent for the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, who taught at St. Paul’s Catholic Church.“We’ve needed this for a long time,” said Mary Rawlings, one of the many uninsured in that area.“It is tremendous they are doing this. It is good to know I will have some place to go if something happens.”According to Max S. Blachman, regional representative for Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon, “There are 9,000 households in this area that have no health care provider.”That is too many, according to many of the nearly 100 residents, political representatives, business owners and members of the Catholic church who gathered at St. Paul Square for a ceremonial lease signing.PARTNERSHIPSThe facility, which will cost about $750,000 to complete, is not expected to open until mid-2012.“The Sisters of the Humility of Mary have donated $196,000 toward its completion from the Salmon Memorial Fund, named for Sister Sheila Salmon, which is designated for significant projects,” said Sister Carolyn Capuano, vice president of mission and ministry at Mercy Medical Center, who is heading up the project.She noted that the Mercy Primary Care has been two years in the planning.Partial funding also is being provided by the Sisters of Charity Health System, Catholic Diocese of Youngstown and individual donors. The diocese of will lease the building to Mercy for $1 a year.“This medical facility is one visible proof of the hard work and vision that has been unfolding for years and will continue to do so,” said Julie Sparks, a former resident and manager of the Mahoning Road Economic Development project, aimed at improving the area.The new health facility will be open to all.It is a collaboration of many partners, including Christ the Servant Parish, Sisters of Charity Health System and the city of Canton and its Health Department.NEIGHBORS IN SUPPORT“This is fantastic,” said neighbor Dean Prophet, a retired Republic Steel employee. “I’m fortunate that I have insurance, but many don’t. This facility will make a difference in many lives here in Canton.”Kathy Ramsey, another neighbor, agrees. “It’s wonderful. I hope that the good Lord keeps me healthy so I won’t need it, but if something should happen, I will have someplace to go.”According to Capuano, the northeast section is home to more than one-fourth of the city’s population yet has no health-care provider.In 2010, Mercy Medical Center’s Emergency Department had more than 6,000 visits from residents of the 44705 ZIP code, and many could have been treated in a primary-care physician’s office.Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates outpatient health centers in Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County.
Mercy Medical Center Project Development Team
Nicholas Bagnolo, Janet Boiarski, Elaine Campbell, Carolyn Capuano, HM; Karen Feller, Dean Fox, Laura Jo Hawk, Mark Juenemann, Cynthia Knox, Richard Regula, Lisa Shannon, Thomas turner, Andrew Wojtkowski, DDS
"O God, the builder of all things, you have placed on us the obligation of toil. Grant that the work we begin today may serve to better our lives and through your goodness contribure to the spread of the kingdom of Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever."
- Prayer of Blessing Mercy Primary Care at St. Paul Square, Bishop George V. Murry