Trinity Health System Announces Belmont County Expansion

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OH – The leadership of Trinity Health System has been working with local physicians, healthcare and community leaders in the wake of OVMC and EORH ceasing operations. Our goal has been to minimize any potential gap in access to healthcare services for patients affected by the closures. Patients should continue to have uninterrupted access to care, employees should be given opportunities for continued employment and providers must continue to practice medicine and care for their patients. That is our goal.

“Minimizing the disruption of patient care is absolutely our priority,” said Matt Grimshaw, President & CEO for Trinity Health System. “We want to ensure that patients understand the options for health care available in our community during this difficult time, and moving forward.”

As a result of these efforts, Trinity Health System is pleased to announce that we have agreements with fourteen physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who will be continuing to serve the community as part of the Trinity Medical Group Enterprise. But more importantly, Trinity Health System has secured the former EORH Outpatient buildings located behind Riesbeck’s in St. Clairsville, Ohio. This location will provide space for primary care providers, laboratory services, radiology, physical therapy and much more. In addition, Trinity Health System will be leasing space in the Kroger Plaza in Bellaire, Ohio, for primary care providers. Both locations will eventually be open six days per week, Monday – Saturday with scheduled appointments as well as “walk in” availability. After some renovations to the space, the open date is set for October 28, 2019.

“We did have extended discussions with Alecto and Medical Properties Trust (MPT) in the hopes of finding an alternative solution to maintain some hospital operations, but were unable to discern a viable result.” said Grimshaw. “And we will continue to explore additional opportunities as we go forward that could include more providers, additional locations and new services.”
As more information becomes available, we will provide updates. As we have for over 100 years, we remain committed to serving the health care needs of patients of the Ohio Valley.

Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at

LPN Open House

Trinity Health System will be hosting an LPN meet-and-greet luncheon on August 16 from Noon – 1:30 p.m.  We are extending this invitation to the public to entice new graduates and LPN’s in the workforce to attend who are looking for employment.


The luncheon will be held in our Sullivan Room located on the second floor at Trinity West.  The invitees should look for the elevators marked with a green circle and a white diamond in the middle.  Take the elevators to the second floor.  Step (RT) off the elevator and take another (RT) up the long hallway.  Veer to the left at the end of the hallway and the Sullivan Room is tucked away on the right just around a quick corner.  The room is adequately marked.


LPN’s will have an opportunity to meet the clinical managers of the floors as well as the Director of Nursing.  We will gladly answer any questions he/she may have and give a tour of some of the clinical areas.


RSVP’s are required and should be received by August 13.  RSVP’s can be sent to

Trinity Health System Announces Dedicated Women’s Service Line Development

Steubenville, Ohio – As part of our continued commitment to the Ohio Valley community, Trinity Health System takes yet another bold step forward in the delivery of care. Effective July 1, 2019, Trinity Health System will launch an integrated obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) practice. Beginning immediately, the ministry will recruit a women’s services team to include physicians, advanced practice nurses and support personnel to coordinate this new service line. As part of CommonSpirit Health, now the nation’s largest non-profit healthcare provider, we will utilize our national resources to locate quality providers. With our commitment to excellent care in the Ohio Valley, we will strive to create the premier women’s services program in the region.


“Our goal is to transform the delivery of care and tailor the healthcare needs of each patient to improve outcomes and the healing process” says Matt Grimshaw, CEO., We recognize that there is some uncertainty in our region with other healthcare providers. This decision reinforces our faithfulness in providing access to the care that is needed. The development of this dedicated women’s program within the Trinity Health System ministry will close any perceived gap in the provision of care for the women in our community.‚Äù


“Our Birth Center staff is made up of some of the most experienced labor and delivery nurses in the local area” Jim Middleton, Chief Nursing Officer. “They are passionate and devoted to the women and families they serve.”


During this transitional period, if you have questions about our women’s services, please call 844-TPG-CALL.


Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at

Ground Breaking of New Patient Tower

More than 20 years in the making, community leaders gathered Wednesday to break ground for Trinity Health System’s $75 million building addition.

When it’s done two years from now, the five-story, 183,000-plus-square-foot space will feature more than 80 all-new private patient rooms with private baths and new public spaces, including a food court and atrium. It also means they’ll be able to move offices and services now based at Trinity Medical Center East onto the Trinity Medical Center West campus.

“It really is a leap of faith” Trinity CEO Matt Grimshaw said after the ceremonial groundbreaking. “But we believe we are uniquely positioned to make it happen and we also believe there’s some competitive positioning we can leverage.”

Grimshaw told the crowd gathered for the celebration the project is the culmination of a decades-old dream to consolidate the campuses of the former Ohio Valley and St. John hospitals.

“It has the potential to transform the health care landscape, not only for today but for generations to come” he said, calling it a “big deal, the culmination of a lot of work.” Mark Morelli, president of Trinity’s board of trustees, said they’ve been working on the multi-faceted plan since the two hospitals merged. “Today it’s finally starting to come to fruition” he said. “It’s been a long time coming, the last few months the delays have been agonizing” he said after the ceremony. “But I think it’s going to be good for our community. Our main (goal) is to have good health care for the community.”

Mayor Jerry Barilla called it “a great milestone in history, not just for Trinity Health System but also for the City of Steubenville and its growth” City Manager Jim Mavromatis said. “This will benefit the whole county, the whole valley.” Larry Schumacher, senior vice president for the Southeast Division of Catholic Health Initiatives, said the community needed the project, it’s needed it for years. “The time has come” he added. “(And) it gives us an opportunity to consolidate our two campuses, which will make health care more affordable and more efficient.”

Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2021. With the brick and mortar part of the project under way, THS Foundation Manager Catherine Poludniak said they’re kicking off a major capital campaign to ensure its loaded with the latest in innovative technology and state-of-the-art equipment. “We want the community to partner with us as we make a huge improvement to the Ohio Valley and reinvent health care for future generations” Poludniak said. “I truly believe this is something that will impact our community and our town for a lifetime.”

The Rev. James Dunfee, vicar general of the Diocese of Steubenville, offered a blessing for the site.

Prevention: Colorectal Cancer

While there is no definitive prevention for colorectal cancer, there are steps you can take to lower your risk of developing it. According to the American Cancer Society, most of these steps include taking control of the risk factors that you have the ability to change, which were mentioned in the Risk Factors blog.

Here are some of the ways that you can prevent colon or rectal cancer:

Colorectal cancer screening

According to the American Cancer Society, “screening is the process of looking for cancer or pre-cancer in people who have no symptoms of the disease.” Therefore, screening can detect early warning signs of cancer, making it possible to treat the cancer as early as possible. Colorectal cancer, in particular, is highly curable when it is detected early.

Experts recommend beginning cancer screenings at age 50 for those who are not at increased risk. Screenings should start younger in people who have elevated risk factors for this type of cancer, such as family history of colon or rectal cancer or personal history of colorectal polyps or cancer.

Weight and wellness

Some risk factors of this cancer include being overweight, leading a sedentary lifestyle, and eating too much red or processed meat or fried or broiled food. To lower your risk of developing this cancer, try to limit your intake of these foods, and instead, eat more whole grain fibers, fruits, and vegetables to lower your chances of developing the cancer.

Additionally, getting even the minimum recommended amount of physical activity every day can decrease your risk of colorectal and other cancers, so remember to get up and get moving.

Monitoring both diet and exercise can lead to a healthier lifestyle and weight loss, as well as a decreased chance of colon or rectal cancer.

Not smoking or drinking

Avoiding smoking and alcohol can also help prevent colorectal cancer. Long-term smoking has been linked to a higher risk of colon and rectal cancer, as has high alcohol intake, particularly in males. Quitting smoking and limiting alcohol consumption to 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women can decrease your chances for developing the cancer.

Taking vitamins and supplements

For the most part, more research is needed as to whether supplements and vitamins actually prevent colorectal cancer. For instance, some studies suggest that taking daily multivitamins that include folic acid may lower the risk of developing colon cancer, while other studies have found that folic acid might actually cause tumors to grow. Vitamin D and calcium have also been shown in some studies to help lower your risk, while other studies have not found the link between these supplements and lowered  risk. Some studies have shown a link between high magnesium levels and lower risk, but more research is still necessary to verify the link.

Use of NSAIDs

Those who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on a regular basis have been found to be at lower risk. NSAIDs include ibuprofen and naproxen, under the name brands Motrin, Advil and Aleve.

However, NSAIDs have also been found to cause adverse side effects such as ulcers, which can lead to bleeding in the stomach, which is why researchers do not recommend taking NSAIDs only to reduce the risk of colon or rectal cancer.

Female hormone replacement therapy

According to the American Cancer Society, “taking estrogen and progesterone after menopause (sometimes called menopausal hormone therapy or combined hormone replacement therapy) may reduce a woman’s risk of developing colon cancer.” However, women diagnosed with cancer while undergoing these therapies may in the later stages of their cancer. Additionally, this therapy is not recommended just to lower the risk, as the therapy can also increase the risk of heart disease, blood clots, breast cancer, and lung cancer.

Before using any of these methods of prevention, you should consult with your doctor to ensure you are taking the right steps for your overall health.

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Risk Factors: Colorectal Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, a risk factor is considered anything that increases your chances of being diagnosed with a specific disease. In the case of colorectal cancer, some of these risk factors are able to be change, such as weight, but some are not, like age.

Here are the risk factors in which you have control:

A sedentary lifestyle

If you don’t get enough exercise, you have a higher chance of developing colon or rectal cancer than those who do.

Poor diet

Those who eat a lot of red or processed meats, or fried, broiled, or grilled foods might be at higher risk for this type of cancer.

Being overweight

Related to a sedentary lifestyle and a poor diet, those who are considered overweight or obese are also considered to be at high risk for developing colon or rectal cancer.


The link between smoking and lung cancer has been stressed in recent years, but there is also a risk that smokers can develop other types of cancers. If you have been a smoker for many years, you are more likely to develop this cancer than non-smokers.

Drinking alcohol

Heavy drinking can also lead to a diagnosis, and the American Cancer Society recommends “no more than 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women” to avoid this type of cancer and other adverse health problems.

Here are the risk factors that you should know about, but that you cannot change:

Advanced age

Colorectal cancer is more common once an individual reaches age 50, and the risk of this cancer continues to increase as we age.

History of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer

If you have been diagnosed with colorectal polyps in the past, you are at an increased risk for developing polyps or cancer again. The risk is particularly high if the patient was young when diagnosed for the first time.

History of inflammatory bowel disease

A history of inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s disease can increase your risk of colon or rectal cancer. Inflammatory bowel disease can lead to dysplasia, or cells in the colon or rectum that are abnormal but are not cancerous. These cells can develop into cancer over time if left untreated.

Family history

Though most of these cancers are found in those without a family history of the disease, “as many as 1 in 5” colorectal cancer patients have family members who have had the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

Inherited gene mutations and syndromes

People who have certain genetic mutations that develop into syndromes have an elevated risk. Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), Lynch syndrome, Turcot syndrome, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, and MUTYH-associated polyposis are the most common syndromes linked to colon or rectal cancer.

Race and ethnicity

Though the reasons are not fully understood, “African Americans have the highest incidence of colon or rectal cancer and mortality rates of all racial groups in the United States,” according to the American Cancer Society. Jews of Eastern European descent (Ashkenazi Jews) also have a high risk.

Type 2 diabetes

Those with type 2 diabetes, usually non-insulin dependent, have an elevated risk of colon or rectal cancer, as those with type 2 diabetes and this cancer have similar risk factors, like low physical activity and being overweight.

Here are other risk factors linked to this:

Working night shifts

Differences in the levels of melatonin between those who work at night and those who work during the day are thought to affect the risk of developing different types of cancer, including colon or rectal cancer.

Treatment for other cancers

Men who have overcome testicular cancer have been found to have a higher rate of developing some cancers, including colorectal. Additionally, men who have been treated for prostate cancer with radiation therapy are also at higher risk for this type of cancer.

Visit our blog on colorectal cancer prevention to learn about what you can do to lower your risk.

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Diagnosis: Colorectal Cancer

Symptoms of colorectal cancer may not manifest immediately, which is why routine cancer screenings are so vital in the early detection and diagnosis of the cancer. If symptoms do begin to appear, however, you may experience some or all of the following, according to the American Cancer Society:

  • A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days
  • A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by having one
  • Rectal bleeding with bright red blood
  • Blood in the stool, which may make the stool look dark
  • Cramping or abdominal (belly) pain
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss

Again, symptoms of colon or rectal cancer are not always obvious as the cancer begins to develop, so testing is necessary to determine if you have colorectal polyps or cancer, even if you are not experiencing any of these. You can also still have colorectal cancer if you still have normal bowel movements.

Additionally, it is important to remember that some of these symptoms can be caused by other, less severe conditions like a bowel infection, irritable bowel syndrome, and hemorrhoids. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it is still important to visit your doctor so that you can be treated accordingly.

If you are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, your doctor will try to determine the stage of your cancer, or how far it has spread throughout the body, if at all. The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC)uses the TNM system to determine how far along the cancer is, and the classifications based on the following criteria:

  • Location, size, and extent of the original¬†tumor and subsequent tumor(s)
  • Whether or not the cancer has spread to nearby lymph¬†nodes
  • Whether or not the cancer has¬†metastasized, or spread to distant parts of the body

The staging process happens when a number of tests are completed, which can include physical examinations, imaging tests, laboratory tests, pathology reports, and surgical reports, according to the AJCC. The earliest-developing cancers are considered Stage I (1), and the latest stages of cancers are classified as Stage IV (4). The earlier the stage, the better the prognosis, and more options are available for treatment.

Once the stage of the cancer is determined, your doctor will put together a treatment plan that best suits your needs.

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Early Detection: Colorectal Cancer

Early detection of any cancer leads to the best possible chance at recovery. For colorectal in particular, there is an important step that can be taken that can lead to early detection and, in turn, to the most effective treatment plan. That step is screening, and the American Cancer Society calls screening “one of the most powerful weapons against colorectal cancer.”

It is vital to begin colon or rectal cancer screenings even when you show no symptoms of the disease, as it can take as long as 10 to 15 years for a polyp to develop into cancer. Though not all colorectal cancer starts with polyps, screening can lead to the detection and then the removal of these dangerous polyps.

Once the cancer spreads, the survival rate is lower than when the cancer is detected early and “the 5-year relative survival rate is about 90%,” according to the American Cancer Society. Only 4 out of 10 colorectal cancers are detected early, however, due to a lack of cancer screenings among those who should be getting tested.

Reasons for not getting screenings can include expense due to a lack of health care coverage and a lack of awareness of the importance of screening. Doctors and researchers continue to stress how crucial the cancer screenings are, which has led to the death rate of colon and rectal cancer dropping over the past few decades.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women at average risk for colon or rectal cancer be tested for it starting at age 50. Those at higher risk should begin screenings as early as age 40, or as early as one’s doctor recommends.

Tests that find both colorectal polyps and colon or rectal cancer include:

  • Colonoscopy (the gold standard – should be done every 10 years)
  • CT colonography/virtual colonoscopy (every 5 years)
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy (every 5 years)
  • Double-contrast barium enema (every 5 years)

Non-invasive tests that can find colorectal cancer include:

  • Fecal immunochemical test (FIT) (every year)
  • Stool DNA test (every 3 years)

Consulting with your doctor is the best way to determine which tests are best for you for the early detection of the cancer. Early detection is important not only for the possibly diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer but for the prevention of the disease.

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