Mercy, Mercy Foundation announce plans to continue legacy of Central Elementary at new ER in Sylvania

Sylvania, OH – As the construction of Mercy’s new free-standing emergency and diagnostic medical center continues on course, Mercy and the Mercy Foundation shared plans to pay tribute to the former occupant of the site at Central Avenue and King Road.

Mercy Health – Sylvania Medical Centeris scheduled to open its doors this fall and will begin offering access to quality healthcare services in an area where it previously did not exist. A new feature to the facility is plans to build an outdoor seating area, which will showcase the preserved cornerstone of the elementary school that once stood on the site.

The Central Elementary Cornerstone Garden at Mercy Health – Sylvania Medical Center will serve as a bridge between the past and the future. The $80,000 project will result in a park-like setting where the community can participate by donating an engraved brick or perhaps a bench or even a tree.

"The preserved cornerstone from Central Elementary School will be incorporated into the landscape of the new freestanding emergency department as the centerpiece in the cornerstone garden," said Imran Andrabi, president & CEO, Mercy. "We hope this will be a place where those of us who have a personal connection to Central Elementary can invoke the nostalgia of this site and those of us who don’t, can simply come to enjoy."

Mercy Foundation has launched a special website for the memorial garden project to give those interested in helping to preserve the legacy of Central Elementary School an opportunity to participate: foundation.mercy.com/centralmemorial

"Mercy has served this region for 160 years and the foundation, driven by generous donations, works to support educational and community health programs and help extend access to medical care throughout the region," said Tim Koder, president of the Mercy Foundation. "Because of our strong heritage, we recognize the importance of preserving history and so we are proud to be a part of this project."

Among those who have already pledged to make the garden a success are Hplex Solutions and Rudolph Libbe, who have led the medical center project for Mercy in a stellar and safe manner. These two Ohio companies understand the importance of what the elementary school means to the community and are donating a plaque to the site that will give the history of the school and thank the donors who made the garden possible.

The cornerstone garden is an important piece of the new Mercy Health – Sylvania Medical Center, which will offer area residents a convenient place to go when they experience medical emergencies, from stroke and heart pains to head injuries and sports and orthopedic injuries. The 24-hour, seven-days-a-week facility offers not only treatment for emergencies but also state-of-the-art imaging – including CT scans, digital X-rays, and ultrasounds – and out-patient laboratory services. The facility has quick in and out access as well as an onsite helicopter pad.