Mercy Celebrates 125 Years of Service to Community

Catherine Woskobnick, Vice President of Mission and Values Integration, Edwin M. Oley, Sen-ior Vice President Mercy Health and Chief Executive Officer Mercy Lorain, Scott Pember, Pres-ident Mercy Foundation and Sr. Carole Anne Griswold, HM, a Mercy Board of Trustees Mem-ber

Mercy Health celebrated 125 years of service to community and also shared a look at the future of healthcare at a special day of recognition on Wed., Sept. 20.

The event kicked off with a community leader luncheon featuring Sr. Carole Anne Griswold, HM, a Mercy Board of Trustees member who reflected on Mercy’s mission and heritage. Edwin M. Oley, Senior Vice President Mercy Health and Chief Executive Officer Mercy Lorain, shared key drivers in healthcare and updates on Mercy and its role in the community.

Honoring 125 Years of Service

Mercy celebrated 125 years of service and honored the Sisters who founded the organization, as well as former and current employees and volunteers. Mercy’s commitment to the community is exemplified through their community presence. In 2016, Mercy provided over $20 million in community benefit within Lorain County.

“I am proud to see the many parts that make Mercy one quality, compassionate organization with a rich history and tradition contributed by each part,” said Sr. Carole Anne Griswold, former Vice President of Mission Integration at Mercy. “I believe Jesus and all those on whose shoulders we have stood for 125 years are with us today in spirit and would say to us, ‘Well done, good and faithful servants. Go and do the same as you move into a future filled with hope.’”

Coming: State of the Art Medical Centers

Paul Balcomb, past president Lorain Community Hospital, joins with Catherine Woskobnick, VP Mission Integration, Mercy Health Lorain, in candle lighting ceremonies.

Mercy announced plans to build state-of-the-art medical centers throughout Lorain County. A 30,000 square foot center on Oak Point Road is planned to open in 2018 including primary and specialty care, walk-in care services and occupational health services. Mercy also shared plans to build in Wellington and Oberlin and is in the process of determining services lines best suited to those communities.

“We are very excited to expand access to care throughout our county,” said Oley. “These investments exemplify our commitment to providing high-quality, compassionate care to the communities we serve.”


Mercy is the only hospital in Northern Ohio region to offer MyChart Bedside to provide patients in the hospital with an electronic tool to view their medical results, review education material on their diagnosis and also find comfort and relaxation with entertainment options.

The new office buildings will be designed as the ‘practice of the future’ and be equipped with the latest tech, including e-check in and telemedicine services.

“Patient expectations are changing and Mercy is delivering on the desire to use technology to make healthcare easier and more convenient,” said Oley. “From MyChart to e-visits, Mercy is better able to offer patients options on how to receive care and their medical information.

Edwin Oley, CEO Mercy Health Lorain, at the unveiling of the hospital’s new look and name last week.

New Look

Mercy is transitioning to the name Mercy Health to reflect to its connection to Mercy Health, headquartered in Cincinnati. Mercy Health is a Catholic healthcare ministry with more than 34,000 employees and more than 450 locations in Ohio and Kentucky. Moving forward, the hospitals in Lorain County will be known as Mercy Health-Lorain Hospital and Mercy Health-Allen Hospital.

“As part of the largest health system in the state of Ohio, it’s important that we unite under one name,” said Oley. “United together, we are able to leverage best practices and be in the forefront of the latest services and technology, which ultimately allows us to continue to deliver on our mission to the Lorain County community.”

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