On June 7, 2021 Bishop David J. Bonnar of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown was informed that Bon Secours Heath Board and Bon Secours Mercy Ministries has decided to approve a complete divestiture and sale of the operations and facilities involving skilled nursing, assisted living and independent living in Ohio, Virginia and Florida markets of Bon Secours Mercy Heath to a for-profit company. The ministry locations in the Diocese of Youngstown affected by this transition are The Assumption Village, North Lima and Humility House, Austintown.
In his letter, the Reverend Joseph P. Cardone, Chief Mission Officer, wrote “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.”
On June 9, 2021 Bishop Bonnar met with local administrators of Bon Secours Mercy Heath to express his concern and sadness that Bon Secours Mercy facilities will no longer operate as Catholic facilities in the Diocese of Youngstown. Bishop Bonnar states “that these two facilities have served the diocese as Catholic facilities for many years with dedicated employees. They have provided residents and family with care and compassion tending not only for their physical and emotional needs but for their spiritual needs.”
Bon Secours Mercy Ministries has requested Bishop Bonnar’s votum regarding the petition for the alienation of stable patrimony that Bon Secours Mercy Ministries will be sending to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, at this time Bishop Bonnar articulated that further study and discussion needs to happen before a votum is given.