Edwin M. Oley, president and CEO of Mercy, has been named for the fifth consecutive year as one of the most influential people in Northeast Ohio by Inside Business magazine. Citing Oley’s long-standing dedication to improving health in the community and his business acumen, the magazine mentioned his many accomplishments since he has been head of the health system.
Oley joins an esteemed list of recipients from Northeast Ohio, selected among the many CEOs, politicians and civic leaders who are considered the region’s critical thinkers and innovators. Citing a newfound confidence in the economy, Inside Business noted that these leaders have made concise business decisions that are fueling a positive feeling in the region.
Oley is known for his abilities as a highly effective and visionary leader. In 2014 he assured Mercy’s organizational and financial strength, furthered its ability to thrive in a changing healthcare environment and extended healthcare access for the region’s residents. During the first two months of 2014, hospitals across the nation suffered substantial financial shortfalls due to historically low patient volumes. With Oley’s leadership, Mercy transitioned from an $8 million budget deficit to a $5 million positive margin by year’s end, allowing Mercy to invest in:
- expanding its clinically integrated network of primary and specialty care physicians—an important step in supporting the changing healthcare environment
- two care delivery sites in Avon, ensuring area residents have even more convenient access to medical care
- continuing to grow Mercy’s service lines, including Behavioral Health, which helps address a critically unmet need facing Ohio communities
With Oley’s leadership, Mercy also continues to be recognized for providing safe, high-quality healthcare and as a great place to work. The health system received an A Hospital Safety Scoresm from the LeapFrog Group for outstanding patient safety. Mercy also received recognition by Premier, Inc. for its high-quality standards in reducing preventable hospital-acquired infections. And for the sixth time, NorthCoast 99 named Mercy as an employer of choice in the region.
Active in the community, Oley serves as the Chair of the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce and on the boards of Team Lorain County, CommStar Credit Union, and the Lorain County Community College Foundation.
The Power 100 awards are selected annually by Inside Business magazine. The awards not only honor those who have made a pronounced difference in the community over the past year, but are positioned to continue as influential leaders in the coming year.