History

Our story begins in 1851 when the first Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine (CSA) arrived in Cleveland, Ohio from France to serve as the city’s first public health nurses. As the CSA Congregation grew, the Sisters continued to respond to unmet community needs of the changing times. The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine established hospitals, schools and dozens of health and social service programs in Ohio and South Carolina.

The health care ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System has an extensive history of innovation and quality. This health care legacy continues today at five nationally recognized hospitals:

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

A model of urban health care, with progressive, vital and responsive programs and services, the hospital strives to meet the changing needs of the community today and tomorrow. Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland (OH), the hospital has been part of the fabric of the city and the region since 1865.

Mercy Medical Center

Due to the generosity of Mrs. Rosa Klorer who had purchased the former residence of U.S. President William McKinley, the Sisters were called to Canton (OH) to establish Stark County's first and only Catholic hospital in the historic home in 1908. Today, Mercy Medical Center offers comprehensive programs and services to meet the health care needs of the community.

Providence Hospital

The opening of Providence Hospital in Columbia, SC in 1938 was the result of an extraordinary act of faith by an extraordinary collection of people. With an invitation and support from Fr. Martin C. Murphy of St. Peter's Church and Columbia businessman James B. Younginer, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine mortgaged their Ohio motherhouse to finance a new hospital in a city the Sisters had never even seen. Providence Hospital continues today as a leading provider of cardiovascular services in South Carolina.

St. John Medical Center

This hospital opened its doors in 1981 as the result of a merger of two long-standing health care institutions: St. John Hospital and Bay View Osteopathic General Hospital. Today, St. John Medical Center offers a full range of both inpatient and outpatient services and serves as a teaching hospital for the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Providence orthopedic Hospital

Established in 1999 and formerly known as Providence Hospital Northeast, this hospital is a 74-bed fully-functioning orthopedic specialty hospital. Along with premium orthopedic care, the hospital houses an emergency room, the offices for Providence Physicians practices and the Moore Center for Orthopedics.


New Strategies for Growth

Our hospitals have always thrived through the contributions of our co-ministers, the laity. In 1982, the need for an even broader infrastructure with greater participation of the laity was clear. Through the leadership of Sr. Mary Patricia Barrett, CSA, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System (now known as Sisters of Charity Health System) was established to promote collaboration and provide strategic direction and faith-based leadership to the growing family of ministries. The formation of the parent corporation was a critical step in increasing the involvement of laity in the oversight and operations of the Sisters’ health care ministry.

Responding to Unmet Needs

Other additions to the Sisters of Charity Health System’s family of ministries include two residential care centers for the elderly, new collaborative partnerships for health and human services and one of the nation’s only residences for homeless men recovering from illness or medical treatment. Healthy Learners, a South Carolina network providing health services free of charge to children from low-income families, earned prestigious national honors in 2006: the NOVA Award from the American Medical Association and the Achievement Citation from the Catholic Health Association.

Vision for Today and Tomorrow

Today, the Sisters of Charity Health System, with assets of more than $1 billion, lives out its true devotion to healing by serving the unmet needs of hundreds of thousands of children and families in Northeast Ohio and South Carolina. We continue this tradition of healing the whole person through a range of health and human services organizations, including five state-of-the art hospitals, two geriatric residential facilities, direct services in health, education and housing, and grantmaking foundations with significant community initiatives that focus on the root causes of poverty.

Led by President and CEO Terrence Kessler, we are dedicated to excellence, pledged to advocate for the poor and committed to the values of Jesus Christ. At all levels, we are a trusted resource for those in need of physical, psychological or spiritual wholeness.

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Sisters of Charity Health System president & CEO plans to retire

Terrence Kessler, president & CEO and general counsel of the Sisters of Charity Health System, has announced his plans to retire at the end of 2016. Health System Board Chair Robert Spangler M.D. has appointed a committee of the board to oversee the search process to identify Kessler’s successor.

“This is a carefully planned transition in leadership designed to assure continuity and continued strategic advancement of our hospitals, foundations and outreach ministries, as well as the corporate office of the Sisters of Charity Health System,” said Spangler. Kessler will continue to serve until a new president & CEO is named and will assist with the transition, which is expected to be complete by December 31. [More]

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Sisters of Charity Health System and the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Honor the Legacy of Senator George Voinovich

The Sisters of Charity Health System and the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine are deeply saddened by the passing of former Senator George Voinovich on Sunday, June 12th. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Voinovich family and our sisters’ prayers are with the family during this time of mourning.[More]

tags: Advocacy, Sister Judith Ann Karam, Sisters of Charity Health System, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine

SCHS communicators present at Catholic Health Assembly about promoting Catholic identity

The Sisters of Charity Health System’s Susanna H. Krey, senior vice president of foundations, outreach ministries and external affairs, and Heather Stoll, vice president of external affairs, presented an innovation session at the 2016 Catholic Health Assembly, June 5-7 in Orlando, Florida.

Their presentation, “Communications Guidelines for Promoting Catholic Identity after a Hospital Sale,” was June 6. During the session, they presented a case study on guidelines and how they were introduced to a new partner, focusing on the real-life example of the sale of Providence Hospitals in South Carolina to LifePoint Health. The session also demonstrated how the health system transferred best practices in promoting Catholic identity and how these best practices could apply to similar situations. [More]

tags: Catholic Health Association, Sisters of Charity Health System, Providence Hospitals

Health system employee and her mom featured on United Way blog

Heather Stoll, vice president of external affairs for the Sisters of Charity Health System, and her mother, Kathleen Stoll, have been volunteering at the United Way of Greater Cleveland for many years. In a blog post on the United Way website, they reflected on the opportunity to volunteer together.[More]

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St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, United Way and CareSource team up to advance Accountable Health Communities model

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, United Way and CareSource, are teaming up to apply for a federal $4.5 million grant to advance the patient-centered Accountable Health Communities model, which addresses gaps between clinical care and community services. With their grant application due in May, partner MetroHealth is working to pilot systems to better integrate the United Way 2-1-1 Help Center to connect patients with social services. Together, the partners recognize that access to stable housing, healthy food and transportation help improve health outcomes. [More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Health System, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Advocacy