Mercy Health re­veals newly ren­o­vated cafe­te­ria

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Martin kmartin@morn­ingjour­nal. com @MJKev­inMartin1 on Twit­ter

Mercy Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter un­veiled their newly ren­o­vated cafe­te­ria in a cer­e­mony on Nov. 14 at 3700 Kolbe Road in Lorain.

The new CommStar Bistro came to life through a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Mercy and CommStar Credit Union fea­tur­ing a com­pletely ren­o­vated space.

The process for the $250,000 ren­o­va­tion be­gan two years ago fol­low­ing a meet­ing be­tween Mercy Foun­da­tion of Lorain County Pres­i­dent Scott Pem­ber and cur­rent CommStar CEO David Jezewski lead­ing to the cre­ation of the fresh new space.

The ren­o­va­tion is the sec­ond named wing at Mercy fol­low­ing the un­veil­ing of the Veard Fam­ily Birthing Cen­ter on May 18 and Pem­ber said Mercy wel­comes op­por­tu­ni­ties for fu­ture nam­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties from fam­i­lies or busi­nesses.

“Two years ago Dave and I talked about this. And I said, you know, there are about 800 folks that go through our bistro or cafe

ev­ery day. It sounds like a good place to get some ex­po­sure. And Dave im­me­di­ately saw the op­por­tu­nity and said yes,” Pem­ber said. “It has been a two year progress of ideas and changes and dif­fer­ent ideas that have come to this point where we now have ac­tual tele­vi­sions where peo­ple can walk in and watch the Food Chan­nel.”

Jezewski, an Elyria na­tive, said he saw the ini­tia­tive as an op­por­tu­nity to align two or­ga­ni­za­tions with shared values for serv­ing the com­mu­nity.

“We are here to an­nounce our com­mit­ment to our re­la­tion­ship with Mercy and help them pro­vide a new space for peo­ple to break bread and to heal, to re­lax and share with each other. We also have a new space for folks to con­nect with our of­fices.”

Mercy Pres­i­dent and CEO Ed­win Oley served on CommStar’s Board of Trustees for five years and noted as re­cently as a month ago they were still mak­ing changes to the fur­ni­ture and the color of the walls to make the fi­nal prod­uct per­fect for em­ploy­ees and guests for years to come.

“They made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to that pro­ject to help us to be able to af­ford to do this. They re­ally went to no ends to de­liver us a high qual­ity pro­ject here.”


Cashier Mary Smigel checks out a cus­tomer at the newly ren­o­vated CommStar Bistro, at Mercy Health, in Lorain, Nov. 14.


WOBL/WDLW Gen­eral Man­ager Doug Wil­ber, left, and Mercy Foun­da­tion of Lorain County Pres­i­dent Scott Pem­ber check out the newly ren­o­vated CommStar Bistro, at Mercy Health, in Lorain, Nov. 14.

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