Northside expansion, upgrade provides more privacy, quiet to patients, officials say


Today marks a new beginning for Northside Medical Center, said Kent Brown, Northside chief operating officer at ValleyCare Health System of Ohio.

Brown and other dignitaries attended a ribbon-cutting Tuesday for the $20 million expansion of the hospital’s emergency department and new main entrance on Gypsy Lane.

The ceremony was followed by an open house for employees and media. An open house for the public is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The emergency department entrance is open and the main entrance is scheduled to open Monday.

ValleyCare invested $20 million to add a 30,000-square-foot tower to expand the emergency department and create a new main entrance, while more than 28,000 square feet of the rest of the hospital was upgraded.

“These changes allow us to be more accessible and efficient, while demonstrating our commitment to investing in health care for the Mahoning Valley. It is the new face of Northside Medical Center,” Brown said.

Updates to Northside’s emergency department, a designated Level III trauma center, are being completed in phases to accommodate the 24/7 operation.

While the majority of the emergency department construction and renovations are finished, the final phases will be completed by the end of the year,” said Dr. Neal Tishman, director of emergency services.

“Patients can expect to experience more privacy and less noise through the creation of 21 private examination and trauma rooms. Our goal is excellent care in a safe and comfortable environment,” Dr. Tishman said.

Read more about the upgrades in Wednesday's Vindicator or on

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