Region will benefit from Trinity project

Officials with Trinity Health System took the next step toward completing their expansion and renovation Wednesday when they were joined by members of the community for the ceremonial groundbreaking on the long-anticipated project.

When work is completed in the spring of 2021, Trinity Medical Center West will have a completely new look, thanks to a five-story, 183,000-square-foot addition that will feature more than 80 private patient rooms, new public spaces, a food court that is expected to include a nationally known eatery and atrium. It will not only change the appearance of the city’s West End, it has, in the words of Matt Grimshaw, Trinity’s CEO, the potential to transform the region’s health care landscape for generations to come.

At $75 million, the project represents a significant investment in our community. In addition to providing a facility that will offer state-of-the-art health care to residents from around the Tri-State Area, it will allow Trinity to continue to consolidate services and offices now based at Trinity Medical Center East onto the west campus.

That’s been a goal since Trinity was formed more than 20 years ago through the affiliation of the former Ohio Valley Hospital and St. John Medical Center. The addition will pay homage to that history –while being built onto the front of Trinity West, the former St. John Medical Center, it will take architectural cues from Trinity East, the old Ohio Valley Hospital.

The hospital project is just another example of recent major investments in our community, projects that include extensive renovations at Eastern Gateway Community College and the construction of Franciscan Square, which has brought a new hotel, new restaurants and new office space to town.

It’s another reminder that Trinity and its parent, Catholic Health Initiatives, remain committed to providing Steubenville and the surrounding area with access to quality health care now and well into the future.

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