Edwin Oley will be honored as the 2016 Heart of Ohio Council Distinguished Citizen in a Sept. 29 dinner by the Boy Scouts of America.
Oley is system vice president of Mercy Health and CEO of the Lorain Region. He has dedicated more than 38 years to improving the health of Lorain County residents as both a clinician and a leader.
Graduating from Ohio Northern University’s College of Pharmacy in 1977, Oley located his family to Lorain County and practiced clinically at St. Joseph Hospital for several years. In 1988 he was elevated to director of pharmacy and in 1996 he joined the executive management team of the newly merged St. Joseph and Lorain Community Hospitals.
His leadership has been instrumental in bringing many invaluable health care resources to Lorain County. In the late 1990s, he oversaw the development of a regional cancer program, with one of the outcomes being a creative relationship with University Hospitals and the construction of the Mercy Cancer Center. His leadership brought comprehensive cancer care to the Lorain County community that is nationally recognized in supporting patients across the region.
In 2000, Oley was made the CEO of the Oberlin Medical Center, which only months before had announced its imminent closing. Within months, Oley was able to restore services to the community, attract high-caliber physicians and right the dire financial situation the hospital faced.
In 2004, the hospital was brought into the Mercy Health system and has earned numerous awards in quality and patient experience, while continuing today to be a viable and important component of the local health system.
He has been visionary in expanding Mercy’s clinically integrated network of primary and specialty care physicians enhancing access to care across the region. Oley has forged relationships with the Lorain County Metro Parks to create the Mercy Health and Recreation Center in Amherst, as well as with University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital to provide the highest level of pediatric care in Mercy’s emergency rooms.
The dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at the Spitzer Conference Center at Lorain County Community College.
The event will also generate financial support for the Heart of Ohio Council, particularly supporting Scouting within Lorain County.