Ohio Legislators Visit Mercy College of Ohio
Ohio Legislators from Mercy Toledo’s service area were guests of Mercy College of Ohio President & CEO Susan Wajert on November 20, for discussions on campus development, as well as neighborhood planning surrounding Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. “Our advocacy to our delegation is essential at a time when Mercy College of Ohio continues to have an extremely high placement rate of graduates into full-time employment positions,” said Wajert. Joining Wajert for the meeting were Mercy College of Ohio Advancement Director Michael Whalen, Regional Vice President of Advocacy & Government Relations Matt Sapara, and Mercy Health Advocacy & Government Relations Vice President Jon Fishpaw.
According to Sapara, the economic investment in the St. V’s neighborhood is beginning to foster the creation of a workforce program that will benefit the greater downtown area. “As we better understand the Toledo economy, we have a workforce who earns traditionally higher wages than non-healthcare sector employees,” said Sapara. "This is key to preserving a safety net of care and employment for downtown Toledo," he aded.
According to Fishpaw, such outreach with elected officials throughout Mercy Health's service area in Ohio and in Kentucky reinforces our advocacy as a provider and an employer in every community we serve.
Pictured from left to right are: Sen. Randy Gardner, Rep. Tom Brown, Rep, Barbara Sears, Susan Wajert, Rep. Michael Sheehy, Matt Sapara, Michael Whalen