Youngstown Diocese approves Mercy Health’s sale of long-term care facilities

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has approved the sale of Mercy Health’s long-term care facilities in the Valley.

Mercy Health, which is an affiliated Catholic health system, announced in June that it was selling Assumption Village, Marian Living Center and Humility House to Aventura Health Care Group. The transaction took place on March 1.

Bishop David Bonnar announced his support for the transaction Thursday after discussions with Bon Secours Mercy Health management, diocesan representatives and review of additional information about the sale.

He said Aventura Health Care Group has agreed to respect and accommodate the pastoral and spiritual needs of residents.

Bishop Bonnar issued a votum, an authoritative opinion required for the disposal of ecclesiastical goods and temporal goods, known as “stable patrimony”. It was approved in December 2021 by the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

“I am grateful for Mercy Health’s many years of faith-filled service to the elderly in the Mahoning
Valley, many of whom have helped build our communities, as well as our Catholic parishes,” the Bishop said.
says Bonnar. “My concern has always been for those affected by this decision – residents, families
and the employees of the three long-term care facilities involved in this transaction. The new buyer has
agreed to respect and best accommodate the pastoral and spiritual needs of residents
wherever possible. I am convinced that the Catholic heritage and the tradition of compassionate care will be
maintained, and Catholic health care guidelines regarding end-of-life issues will remain in effect.

Bishop Bonnar and diocesan leaders plan to meet with representatives of Aventura Health Group in the coming months to discuss how they will work together to provide pastoral and spiritual care to residents.

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