Charlotte Wray has been named the new president of Mercy Health Allen Hospital in Oberlin.
Her resume includes more than 25 years in the health care industry. She is a hospital executive, patient experience expert, and nursing professional.
“I’m truly excited to join the Mercy Health family where their vision and values on how to deliver care to Lorain County aligns with my personal mission to serve those who need us most,” Wray said. “Furthering the care in southern Lorain County remains my priority as we continue to bring advanced technologies and access to those needing care.”
Wray previously served as president of University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center.
Kristi Sink moved from the chief operating officer position to president of UH Elyria in October. Sink had been COO at UH Parma Medical Center and had been promoted to president there before taking her career to the Elyria facility.
Wray began her career in 1988 as a surgical intensive care nurse at University Hospitals of Cleveland.
She became director of heart services in 1999 at Providence hospital in Sandusky before being recruited back to Elyria Medical Center to lead its cardiovascular service.
She continued to serve EMC as chief clinical and information officer before becoming president in 2015.
Mercy Health Allen Hospital is an important point of care for those living in southern Lorain County as well as an access point for students at Oberlin College.
As president of Allen Hospital, Wray will continue to oversee the expansion and increased access to care, including the new Allen Medical Office building which broke ground just a few weeks ago. “Charlotte’s experience in engaging and collaborating with patients and community leaders, will allow us to continue to remain responsive to the Oberlin and (the) southern Lorain County community,” said Edwin Oley, senior vice president and chief executive officer of Mercy Health Lorain.
Wray will work alongside outbound president Ed Ruth as he prepares to retire in December.
Ruth has served Mercy for 36 years in a variety of leadership roles.
He led efforts that have significantly grown the services offered in southern Lorain County, including the recent grand opening of the Wellington Medical Center and the announcement of the new medical office building in Oberlin.
Additionally, he has grown the network of providers both employed and affiliated to more than 250.
“Ed has spent many years extending our healing ministry and expanding services for those using Allen Hospital for their care,” Oley said. “Charlotte will be able to continue to focus on advancing those services as well as bring new technologies and therapies to that part of Lorain County, helping us to further deliver on our promise of making health care easier.”