Mercy Medical Center Opens New Mercy Health Center and Statcare in Jackson Township – Mercy Medical Center dedicated its new Mercy Health Center and Statcare on Nov. 1. The facility is located in Jackson Township near the intersection of Wales Avenue and Fulton Drive N.W. Ground was broken in August of 2010 with the final cost coming in at $16.0 million instead of the estimated $17.5 million. The facility is a developer-hospital-physician partnership involving Signet Healthcare, Mercy Medical Center and local physician practices. The project was funded through tax-exempt Recovery Zone Bonds issued by Stark County through the Stark County Port Authority. Mercy moved 50 employees from its older facility on Fulton Road and will add an additional 50 employees by the first of the year. In addition to the urgent care for minor injuries and illnesses, the facility will house a laboratory that does testing for Statcare physicians; a sleep lab for testing and treatment of sleep disorders; and imaging, including X-ray, MRI and CT scanning, along with mammography, ultrasound and bone density testing. The 55,000 sq. ft. facility will eventually house Tri-County Hematology and Oncology Associates and Urology One. To read more about the dedication and the facility, click on this Canton Repository article.
Shearer’s Foods Moving Headquarters to Massillon – Shearer’s Foods Inc. plans to relocate its corporate headquarters to Grand Mill Centre in downtown Massillon. Company officials on Nov. 2 announced they plan to move 130 to 150 employees to the four story building in the spring of 2012. Shearer’s will be the lone tenant in the ten-year-old, 40,000 sq. ft. building. The company considered building its new offices next to the Millenium Manufacturing facility in Massillon but wanted the headquarters consolidation to happen quicker. Shearer’s CEO Bob Shearer said he is excited about the move and the exposure it will give the snack food manufacturer; he also reported that the company has signed a 10-year lease with an option to buy the building. Plans call for the building’s interior to be gutted and renovated to accommodate Shearer’s needs. In addition to the interior project, a new glass entryway and new awnings that reflect Shearer’s corporate colors will be added to the building’s exterior. The developers of the building are negotiating the purchase of vacant property across from the headquarters’ site which will be turned into a 67-space parking lot. To read more about Shearer’s headquarters relocation, click on this Massillon Independent article.
Stark County’s College Enrollment Increased By 70% Over Past Decade; Walsh University’s Freshman Enrollment Up 15.4% – The number of Stark County residents actively enrolled in college has increased by 70% in a single decade. The American Community Survey (ACS) further shows that enrollment grew by 10,000 in the last five years alone. Over 3,300 students are in graduate or professional programs. Additionally, earlier this fall, Walsh University celebrated a 15.4% increase from the previous year in freshman student enrollment and its largest number of transfer students in school history. To read about Stark’s college enrollment increase, click on this Stark Education Partnership article; to learn more about Walsh University, click on Walsh University’s website.