Meet the leaders of our Youngstown Region

 John Luellen, M.D.
Market President, Mercy Health  Youngstown

In this role, Dr. Luellen is responsible for the strategic development and operational stewardship in the Youngstown region including all hospital and ancillary service operations. Additionally, Dr. Luellen oversees the network of Physicians which includes employed, affiliated and those participating in the CIN. His vision for the Youngstown market is one rooted in commitment  to provide influential and aspirational leadership as he helps extend Youngstown’s more than 100-year-old mission of serving those who need us most.

Dr. Luellen joined Mercy Health – Youngstown in September of 2018 as Chief Operating Officer and assumed the role as Market President in November of the same year. He brings more than 20 years of experience in health care from his time as an emergency physician through his most recent role as Chief Operating Officer at Heritage Valley Health System in Pennsylvania. His experience as a clinician and focus on quality and service line growth provides him the necessary tools to help continue to influence our quality for patients and their families.

Dr. Luellen earned his Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from Westminster College, his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and his Master of Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University.  
  James F. Kravec, M.D., FACP
Chief Clinical Officer, Youngstown Market

As the Youngstown market chief clinical officer, Dr. James Kravec is responsible for providing physician executive leadership for the Youngstown region’s clinical enterprises (hospital medical staff involved with acute care delivery, Mercy Health Physicians and Mercy Health Select). He oversees the overall mission, strategic leadership and the assurance of quality care delivery for those clinical enterprises as well as their integration.  Dr. Kravec also serves as the system medical director for Graduate Medical Education for Bon Secours Mercy Health.  In the role, he leads operations, strategy and growth for the physician residency programs through the system which currently includes 6 markets, 39 resident and fellowship programs and 460 residents and fellows.

Dr. Kravec is a Youngstown native and was born at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. He graduated from Youngstown State University and earned his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and completed his residency in internal medicine at Summa Health Akron City Hospital. He is board certified in both internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine and he graduated from the Mercy Health Leadership Academy in 2012. He actively practices internal medicine in the Ambulatory Care Center and is a faculty member of the internal medicine residency and transitional year residency at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

He has been with Mercy Health since graduating residency in 2005 and has served in various roles in Youngstown. He has served as program director of the St. Elizabeth Youngstown Transitional Residency and as associate medical director of Hospice of the Valley and most recently as President of Mercy Health Physicians Youngstown and as a board member of Mercy Health Physicians. As a medical staff leader, he has served as Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and Treasurer/Secretary of the medical staff St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. At NEOMED, he has served as President of the Alumni Association, internal medicine clerkship director and Section Chief of General Internal Medicine for the Department of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Kravec is married to Dr. Cynthia Kravec and has 4 children, James, Sarah, Michael and Maria and live in Canfield, Ohio

  Lori DeNiro, MSN, R.N., NE-BC
Market Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health  Youngstown

Lori DeNiro is the Chief Nursing Officer for Mercy Health – Youngstown.  She also serves as the Chief Nursing Officer for the St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital (SEYH).  In this role, Lori works in close collaboration with both the St. Joseph Warren Hospital (SJWH) and the St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital (SEBH) Chief Nursing Officers.  She oversees and coordinates the nursing care and daily operations for the Youngstown market and reports directly to the Youngstown Market President. 

In her role, Lori works to align the nursing staff with the mission, vision and values of the organization.  She partners with physicians and the entire care team to ensure that safety, quality and patient experience are top priority.  As the Market CNO, Lori represents thousands of nurses working across the continuum of care to ensure the highest standards for professional nursing practice.  

Lori joined Mercy Health in 1986 as a clinical nurse.  She then worked in various nursing leadership positions such as:  Nurse Coordinator, Nurse Manager, Senior Director of Nursing and most recently as the Mercy Health -Youngstown Market Chief Nursing Officer.

Under Lori’s leadership, SEBH received their first Magnet designation and joined both SJWH and SEYH in this prestigious recognition.  She was a pioneer in opening the new SEB Hospital in 2007, supported the successful implementation of the electronic medical record (EPIC/Care PATH), developed top talent of the team leaders, increased certification of nursing specialty, assisted with development of the nurse residency program, started a new nurse extern program and has been instrumental in several successful Joint Commission and State surveys.

Lori graduated from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing where she received her diploma in nursing.  She then completed her BSN from Jacksonville University and her master’s degree in nursing from Regis University, Ruerkert-Hartman College for Health Professions.  Lori is a member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and is a graduate of the Mercy Health Leadership Academy and Centers for Creative Leadership.  She is also a member of the Eastern Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives (EOONE).  She is also Board Certified as a Nurse Executive from the American Nursing Credentialing Centers (ANCC).  Lori also participates in many local community and nursing events.

Lori is married to Dr. Frank DeNiro, a chiropractic physician, and reside in Canfield, Ohio.