An Overview of Our Ministries in Health Care
Pope John Paul the II defined health as “Health is a dynamic tension towards physical, mental, social, and spiritual harmony, and not only the absence of illness…”
The provision of quality health care to all people is a Sisters of
Charity Health System hallmark that touches everything we do. The roots
of this ministry lie within the more than 160-year legacy of the Sisters
of Charity of St. Augustine.
The Sisters of Charity Health System solely owns four Catholic
hospitals: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio; Mercy
Medical Center in Canton, Ohio; and Providence Hospital and Providence
Northeast in Columbia, South Carolina. In a 50/50 joint venture with
University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Sisters of Charity Health System
also co-owns St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Ohio.
The Sisters of Charity Health System also provides residential eldercare
services at Regina Health Center in Richfield, Ohio, and Light of
Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio. Light of Hearts Villa is jointly
sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.
These organizations have earned national recognition for cutting-edge
achievements in clinical practice and innovation, active involvement in
meeting ever-changing community needs, and shared commitment to
representing the compassion and excellence that distinguishes Catholic
Our Health Care Ministries
Mercy Medical Center Canton, OH
The first accredited Chest Pain Center in the U.S. (2003) and Stark County’s first Chest Pain Center to be certified to perform angioplasty 24/7. (2006).
St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Cleveland, OH
Ohio’s first hospital to make blood conservation the standard of care for all patients and home to The Regional Center for Blood Conservation. (1994)
St. John Medical Center Westlake, OH
Cuyahoga County’s first accredited, hospital-based Chest Pain Center. (2006)
Providence Hospitals Columbia, SC
Developed the first program in South Carolina dedicated exclusively to screening women for risk factors of cardiac disease, the #1 killer of American women. (2006)
Light of Hearts Villa Bedford, OH
Provides an enhanced, enriched and improved quality of life for older adults and their families.
Regina Health Center Richfield, OH
Situated on a 240-acre campus, Regina Health Center offers a special blend of medical and spiritual elder care services that sets it apart from other long-term centers.
Independent Physician Solutions Bedford, OH
Offers robust infrastructure to provide independent physicians the tools, technology and support they need to meet the competitive and regulatory challenges of health care reform while maintaining their independence
Today in Health care
For the tenth consecutive rating period, Providence Heart and Vascular Institute has received “3 stars,” the highest quality rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The rating places Providence Heart and Vascular Institute among the top programs in the country.
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Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA
President and CEO,
Sisters of Charity Health System
Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, is a member of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she entered the congregation in 1964. As president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System, she oversees the sponsored ministries of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. This includes state-of-the-art health care facilities, services to the elderly, three foundations, and community outreach ministries in health, education, and transitional housing.