Mercy Health – Lorain Announces New Chief Clinical Officer

Further Enhancing Access, Quality and Clinical Expertise in Lorain County

Lorain is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Gilbert Palmer, as the new Chief Clinical Officer for the Lorain market.

Dr. Palmer brings more than 20 years of clinical experience from his time as an emergency room physician and has been the Chief Medical Officer of the market for the past 5 years.  Dr. Palmer earned his medical degree at Northeastern Ohio Medical University in Rootstown and this year, he will be completing his Master’s in Business Administration, with an emphasis on health care.

“It is an honor to continue to serve Mercy Health and extend its healing mission,” said. Dr. Gilbert Palmer. “My passion is my community and to have this opportunity to build upon the great works of those before me and our foundresses is a chance, I don’t take for granted.” He added.

In addition to his years of experience and education, Dr. Palmer is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine as well as Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He also has tenure as the National Director for Hospitalist Medicine at NES Health in California. At NES Health, he was charged with designing and implementing a hospitalist medicine program that spanned from Arkansas, Oklahoma and New York.

Under his direction at Mercy Health, our emergency operations underwent significant growth, including the recent partnership with MetroHealth to bring the first level III Trauma program to Lorain County.

“Being able to offer services such as the County’s first and only trauma program shows the commitment of Mercy Health this community,” said Ed Oley, Market President of Mercy Health – Lorain. “Dr. Palmer was instrumental in bringing our trauma program to fruition and his commitment to patient experience has allowed both our hospitals in Lorain County to achieve outstanding patient satisfaction.” He added.

Additionally, Dr. Palmer championed a partnership with the Lorain Alcohol and Drug Addiction Board to pioneer a program that paired patients suffering from an opiate or heroin addiction with a peer counselor, ultimately navigating them through the treatment and recovery services.

Lastly, in his spare time, Dr. Palmer serves as the Volunteer Medical Director for Vermilion Township Fire Department, Wakeman Volunteer Fire Department and Lifecare Ambulance. He is a native of Lorain.

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About Mercy Health – Lorain

Mercy Health is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health (,) one of the top 20 health systems in the United States, one of the largest employers in Ohio and part of the top performing quartile of Catholic health systems for lowest cost per case for patient care. Mercy Health – Lorain is a full-service, not-for-profit, integrated health care system, which has been providing quality health care to Lorain County and surrounding communities for more than 125 years. The health system provides inpatient, outpatient and ancillary services through its two hospitals, Mercy Health – Lorain Hospital and Mercy Health – Allen Hospital in Oberlin; Mercy Health Physicians; and specialized facilities, including the Mercy Health – Cancer Center, Mercy Health – Outpatient Rehabilitation and Therapy, and Mercy Health – New Life Hospice. Visit Mercy Health online at

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