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Meridian Healthcare receives grant to renovate parking lot

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Youngstown's Meridian HealthCare has received a grant to cover the cost of renovating its parking lot.

Renee Amacher, director of marketing and development, announced Thursday that the nonprofit organization has been awarded a $68,074 grant from the Youngstown Foundation to excavate and repave Meridian's South Campus parking lot.

According to the news release, the parking lot is "very uneven and has a lot of large cracks and potholes," so Meridian is repaving it to improve safety and prevent injuries.

"We are extremely grateful to the Youngstown Foundation for this generous grant," Meridian HealthCare Board President Bill Padisak stated. "With a safer and more comfortable environment, patients aren't subjected to unnecessary stress or distractions and can focus on their treatment and moving towards recovery and overall better health."

Meridian's South Campus offers several different programs to people in the community - including inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, primary care, a centering program for pregnant women with Mercy Health, and residential services.

The building is Meridian's largest housing facility and serves between 300 and 400 individuals a year.

All of the improvements made to this facility increase the safety, comfort level and well-being of the patients and residents who live there, allowing them to focus on their recovery and long-term needs instead of safety and other unnecessary burdens.

Meridian also received support from Youngstown Councilman Julius T. Oliver, who oversees the First Ward, where the facility is located.

"This project reflects our ongoing commitment to not only the patients we serve but to the community and the neighborhoods we do business in," Meridian President and CEO Larry Moliterno said.

The Youngstown Foundation is the fourth-oldest community foundation in the country. It is a locally administered, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization awarding about $6 million in grants annually.

The Foundation's mission is to provide financial assistance to charitable, scientific and educational institutions that promote the mental, moral and physical well-being of the inhabitants of the City of Youngstown and vicinity.

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