ValleyCare hospitals now owned by Steward Health Care System

Union leaders at local hospitals say they are ready and hopeful for positive change at the ValleyCare Health System of Ohio.

The sale of eight Community Health Systems hospitals to Boston-based Steward Health Care LLC was completed Monday. The sale included ValleyCare Health System of Ohio, which is composed of of 355-bed Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, 311-bed Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren and 69-bed Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in Howland.

Laurie Hornberger, president of the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association affiliated with the Ohio Nurses Association representing more than 200 registered nurses, said she met with Steward officials on Monday.

“We are hopeful for the change,” Hornberger said. “We welcome the new change. I think the same goal is quality care for patients.”

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