St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity Health System, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is an acute care teaching hospital committed to providing excellent care in a compassionate environment.

Since 1865, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center has extended the healing ministry of Jesus through its core values of respect, integrity, quality and teamwork. As a Catholic hospital, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center promotes and defends human dignity, and attends to the whole person.

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is recognized for numerous centers of excellence, including its Spine and Orthopedic Institute, Center for Bariatric Surgery and Health Literacy Institute, as well as its Cardiovascular Services and Behavioral Health services.

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is dedicated to delivering high-quality, affordable health care services in an environment that meets each patient's physical, mental and spiritual needs.

Learn more about St. Vincent Charity Medical Center at www.stvincentcharity.com. Also, learn more about common conditions via its patient education library.


St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

2351 East 22nd Street
Cleveland, OH 44115

p: 216 861 6200

Established 1865

The Cleveland’s First Private Hospital

The history of Cleveland and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center are not independent of one another. A city is people; a hospital is people—the story of the past century and a half is the story of how these people have helped each other.

Since 1865—nearly 150 years ago—a handful of pioneering Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine were brought to Cleveland at the request of Bishop Amadeus Rappe, the first bishop of Cleveland. Against the backdrop of a soul-searing Civil War and a spirit saddened by the assassination of a President, new life was teeming on the streets, avenues, shores, railways and alleys of Cleveland. However, without a hospital the city could not serve the railroad and steamboat disaster victims and returning Civil War soldiers who were requiring immediate medical attention and nursing care.

To meet these needs, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, rose above almost insurmountable difficulties to come into existence.

In May 1863, Bishop Rappe had proposed to City Council that Cleveland build a hospital to care for wounded soldiers, with nursing care to be provided by the Sisters. City Council appointed a committee to investigate and immediately dissension occurred. Newspaper editorials opposed a hospital under Catholic auspices since nine-tenths of the taxpayers were Protestants, and proposed instead the establishment of a nonsectarian hospital.

Familiar with failure and discouragement, Bishop Rappe made another attempt. He offered to build a hospital and provide Sisters to care for the patients if the citizens would furnish adequate financial support.

Cleveland citizens agreed and the site—at Perry Street (now East 22nd Street) between Marion and Garden Streets (now Central Avenue)—was purchased for $10,000. The initial hospital cost $72,000 of which $42,000 was raised from the primarily Protestant Cleveland community.

The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine stated that patients would be received regardless of religious belief and that those unable to pay would have their care paid for by the city. Mother Augustine, a woman of refinement and strength of character, who possessed unusual executive ability, was the first superior of the hospital. She and seven Sisters took up their duties on October 5, 1865. Their practice of always aiding the sick and suffering regardless of creed, race or ability to pay has continued throughout the next century and a half.

Today, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is Cleveland’s faith-based, high-quality healthcare provider. As a teaching hospital, it is home to the renowned Spine and Orthopedic Institute, the Center for Bariatric Surgery as well as complete services in cardiovascular, emergency medicine, primary care, behavioral health, occupational health and addiction medicine in a setting that is as caring and comfortable as home.

Everyone at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is devoted to the mission to treat every patient with clinical excellence and compassionate care. 

 

David Perse, M.D.

President,
St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

David Perse, MD

David Perse, M.D. became president of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in 2011. A native Clevelander, Dr. Perse attended St. Joseph High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a medical degree from The Ohio State University. He completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland. Dr. Perse served as president of Lutheran Hospital and regional director of wound care for the Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals before joining St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. Read More »


St. Vincent Charity Development Foundation

In 2011, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center established a separately incorporated development foundation to support its fund-raising needs. Individuals, organizations, corporations and grantmaking foundations are invited to learn more about ways to support the medical center’s mission through charitable giving to the St. Vincent Charity Development Foundation.

 

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St. Vincent Charity Medical Center transportation program receives national attention

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center has been a leader—the first hospital in the nation—to remove the barrier of transportation for addiction medicine patients, which has gained national attention. A client of Rosary Hall was featured in a story by The New York Times regarding the importance of non-emergency medical transportation.[More]

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St. Vincent Charity surgeon uses breakthrough technology to build customized knee implants

With multiplying numbers of patients turning to total knee replacement surgery, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center orthopedic surgeons lead the way in Northeast Ohio to employ the latest technologies to ensure successful results. St. Vincent’s Matthew Levy, M.D., is one of the first in the region to utilize breakthrough technology that builds a customized knee implant and surgical tools for individual patients. [More]

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St. Vincent Charity Radiant Blog: Outpatient procedure helps patients take control of arthritis pain

The Spine and Orthopedic Institute at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center can offer alternatives to surgery for those suffering from severe arthritis in the back and joints. One patient of the institute recently told her story in the hospital’s Radiant blog, describing how a non-invasive cooled, radiofrequency spinal ablation treatment helped relieve her chronic back pain.[More]

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St. Vincent Charity Radiant Blog: Preventing heat illnesses in older adults

With extremely high temperatures in the forecast, it’s important to check on elderly loved ones, who are more prone to heat stress. And, it’s important to know what steps to take to help prevent heat-related illness and death. Read more about symptoms of heat illnesses and what to do to stay cool in the latest St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Radiant blog post.[More]

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St. Vincent Charity Psychiatric Emergency Department medical director discusses suicide prevention

The St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Psychiatric Emergency Department is one of only two in Ohio and serves as a crisis center, providing a safety net for nearly 4,000 patients annually who need immediate behavioral health care in an emergency setting. In light of recent high-profile suicides and rising suicide rates in Ohio, Dr. Albana Dreshaj, the department’s medical director, offered some advice through the hospital’s radiant blog for those who might be struggling with suicidal thoughts or know someone who is.[More]

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