Mercy announces $34 Million healthcare project in Downtown Toledo

Toledo, OH -  Mercy announced plans to invest nearly $34 million in downtown Toledo for a special healthcare project that will create a new emergency center at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center and Mercy Children’s Hospital as well as expanded surgical services, all benefiting patients and their families in Toledo and throughout Northwest Ohio.

“For 160 years Mercy has been privileged to call Downtown Toledo home. We started our ministry just steps from here in 1855. This project is an important investment for healthcare services in downtown Toledo,” said Thomas Arquilla, metro president and CEO.

The new 29,000-square-foot, two-story building will house St. Vincent and Mercy Children’s emergency services, including our level 1 trauma center, on the main floor. The second story will include an expanded surgical area with a more robust area for pre-operative services and post-operative care.

Additionally, the new center will offer improved patient and visitor access, including a separate entrance for ambulances and other emergency medical personnel.

“Mercy St. V’s and Mercy Children’s serve a large population of patients right here in Downtown and the Central City but also throughout the region when patients come to us, often critically injured, by way of Mercy Life Flight and local EMS providers,” Tom said. “This new investment is the right thing to do for patient care and is another example of Mercy’s commitment to Toledo and Northwest Ohio.”

Kerry Tirman, president and COO for Mercy St. Vincent added: “Emergency care is synonymous with Mercy and St. Vincent. We pioneered emergency medicine in Toledo and several of the emergency medicine physicians in our area today trained right here at St. Vincent. Through this new state-of-the art facility we will have the ability to care for future generations of patients.”

As part of the new emergency center will be a more robust and dedicated Mercy Children’s ER designed with children and their parents in mind. 2 “We know being sick or getting hurt is a scary time for children, not to mention their parents, and we commit to providing a setting to help them through their experience and ultimately guide them on their road to healing,” said Barb Dianda-Martin, president for Mercy Children’s Hospital. “Our pediatric ER care team is specially trained in caring for the littlest patients, no matter the injury or illness. That’s the Mercy Children’s promise and commitment.”

Mercy Life Flight will remain housed in the location adjacent to the building and Cherry Street. During construction, a temporary base site has been set-up in a designated space behind the main hospital.

Patients in need of emergency treatment are directed to use the current emergency room entrance and parking lot unless otherwise noted.

Demolition is underway and is expected to be completed by mid-summer 2016 with the new ER anticipated completion date of spring 2018.