YSU, Mercy Health partnership has “far-reaching possibilities”

News crews shoot footage in the YSU Mercy Health Clinic in Kilcawley House.

News crews shoot footage in the YSU Mercy Health Clinic in Kilcawley House.

YSU and Mercy Health-Youngstown will work together to develop new academic and medical affiliations under an exclusive affinity partnership announced at a news conference earlier this month.

“YSU and Mercy Health look forward to combining our intellectual strengths to better serve our students, clients and the community at large,” YSU President Jim Tressel said. “We are excited about the many opportunities created by this new affiliation.”

Under the 10-year agreement, the YSU Health Center will be staffed with physicians from Mercy Health. The center offers services ranging from routine health checks and first aid to immunizations and doctor appointments.

The agreement also creates opportunities for YSU and Mercy to collaborate on other projects, including the creation of the state’s first master’s degree program in Athletic Training at YSU.

Don Kline, president and CEO, Mercy Health-Youngstown, speaks at the news conference on campus.

Don Kline, president and CEO, Mercy Health-Youngstown, speaks at the news conference on campus.

“Both YSU and Mercy Health have a long history of outreach in the community,” said Don Kline, president and CEO, Mercy Health-Youngstown. “This affinity partnership has far reaching possibilities to benefit the entire Mahoning Valley.”

Matthew A. Love, senior vice president, Finance and Strategy at Mercy, added: “We are proud the long commitment to our community that both Mercy Health-Youngstown and YSU share. We look forward to enhancing access to the students, faculty and staff at YSU as well as supporting our local partners in this venture.”