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Plenty of positives seen from Trinity

Trinity Health System has had plenty of reasons to celebrate in the past several weeks.

On Sept. 19, for example, it completed the first phase of construction on its $75 million patient tower and expansion on the Trinity Medical Center West Campus. That came when crews with JE Dunn Construction lowered the final beam of the building’s frame into place.

Having reached that symbolic milestone, crews will now turn their attention toward concrete work and building the skin of the structure.

According to Matt Grimshaw, Trinity’s CEO, the project remains on target for completion in the first half of 2021.

When finished, the 183,000-plus-square-foot addition will include more than 80 new private patient rooms, new public places, a food court and an atrium. It also will allow offices and services that are now based at Trinity Medical Center East to be moved onto the west campus.

As Grimshaw said during the March groundbreaking for the expansion, the addition will change the look of Steubenville’s West End, and has the potential to transform the region’s health care landscape for years to come.

And then last week, Trinity announced it had received conditional approval to begin its medical residency programs.

Two residents already are in place in emergency medicine, with three others scheduled to start this month. The internal medicine residency program is scheduled to open in July.

That’s good news for medical students and patients. Trinity will now be able to participate in January’s match day, when graduating medical students from across the country learn where they will continue their medical careers, which means between six and eight new medical residents from across the United States as well as international students will come to town to take part in the three-year post-graduate program.

Those who live in the Tri-State Area also will seen benefits — additional physicians will be in the hospital around the clock once the program is put into place, which will help patients, and local medical school graduates will have increased opportunities to train in Steubenville. And, as Grimshaw said, 50 percent of residents end up practicing medicine within an hour of where they are trained, which means it is likely more physicians will want to stay in the area.

Trinity has a long legacy of training medical professionals. Its nursing school had been producing graduates since 1914, and it has recently revived its Medical Laboratory Science School. The addition of the residency programs builds on that background and likely will help lead the way to an even bigger future.

Both announcements are good for our region and serve as reminders that Trinity remains committed to continuing to provide quality health care to residents of the Tri-State Area.

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