St. Joseph Riverside Hospital is an abandoned medical center in Warren, Ohio. It closed in 1996 when it was merged with another facility in town.
Once named Riverside Hospital, it assumed the name St. Joseph Riverside Hospital after the Sisters of the Humility of Mary assumed ownership.6 An eastern wing to Riverside was completed in 1970 and a south wing and other minor additions were constructed in 1980.2 6
In 1995, HM Health Services was formed under the leadership of the Humility of Mary Health Care System. It merged St. Joseph, St. Elizabeth, and home-care services under one organization. St. Joseph Riverside Hospital was renamed St. Joseph Health Center. HM Health Services assumed ownership of Warren General Hospital in 1996 6 and moved St. Joseph into the complex.4 5
St. Joseph Riverside Hospital’s first and second floors were reused for various businesses and non-profits.5 7 Known as Riverside Square, tenants included the Trumbull County Republican Party, Safe House, a commercial laundry, and a private school. The Veterans Administration used an adjoining building for a clinic.
Tom and Jim Dobson purchased the building in 2003 but soon ran into issues with the complex’s aging alarm system.7 The city ordered it replaced but the Dobson brothers had insufficient funds. Riverside Square soon became marred in a bankruptcy case. A trustee appointed to handle the case ordered the building vacated by October 2008.5
Slavo Stefanovic, owner of Euro-American Financial Network of Leesburg, Florida, purchased Riverside Square in January 2010.7 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a lawsuit on behalf of the city and Warren Deputy Health Commissioner Robert Pinti against the owner on April 5, 2013.1 The lawsuit claimed that Euro-American Financial Network had not maintained the property and demolish it after it was ordered. DeWine sought to require demolition of the property and reimbursement to the city for associated costs.