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Youngstown bishop not pleased by Mercy Health's decision to sell its nursing homes

The sale would affect The Assumption Village in North Lima and Humility House in Austintown, currently operated by Bon Secours Mercy Health.
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YOUNGSTOWN — Bon Secours Mercy Health is planning to sell its local long-term care facilities to a for-profit company, but the decision doesn't yet have the support of Youngstown Bishop David J. Bonnar, according to a Friday news release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown.

The sale would affect The Assumption Village in North Lima and Humility House in Austintown. The change in ownership means the facilities would no longer operate as Catholic facilities in the Youngstown diocese.

Mercy Health Chief Mission Officer Rev. Joseph P. Cardone explained the decision in a letter. 

“As a ministry, we are focused on providing full continuum of care for our patients and residents, but it is essential that we are mindful of our core competencies and growth priorities, and do what is best for those we serve, never becoming complacent. The skilled nursing and assisted living service lines are capital-intensive and require significant re-investment at most facilities to remain both high quality and completive," he wrote. 

Bon Secours Mercy Ministries requested Bonnar's "votum" regarding the petition — which is an "authoritative opinion," according to the Vatican. But for Bonnar, "further study and discussion needs to happen before a votum is given."