Fact Sheet

For more than 160 years, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine have shown their true devotion to healing by serving unmet needs of children, adults and families in Ohio and South Carolina.

Their commitment to physical, psychological and spiritual health continues through a range of health and human service organizations, including five state-of-the-art hospitals; two geriatric residential facilities; direct services in health, housing, education, and grantmaking foundations with significant community initiatives that address root causes of poverty. 

These diverse ministries comprise the Sisters of Charity Health System. Our organization is unique in scope and stands apart from the more traditional health care systems to which it is often compared. Our health care ministry has built an extensive history of innovation and excellence:

  • Midwest’s first open heart surgery performed at Cleveland’s St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
  • First accredited chest pain center in the nation at Mercy Medical Center
  • First program in South Carolina dedicated exclusively to screening women for risk factors for cardiac disease

Each Sisters of Charity Health System hospital has earned national recognition for cutting-edge achievements in cardiovascular care, orthopedics and other health services.

Equally important, our physicians and caregivers support the solemn belief of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine that health care is not a privilege for some, but a right for all. Our hospitals provide more than $35 million in uncompensated care each year. These health care centers, including a continuum of assisted living and skilled nursing care for the elderly, are only part of who we are.

The Sisters of Charity Health System includes a broad spectrum of services to heal the whole person as an individual, member of a family and part of the community. In all, we provide more than $46 million in direct, uncompensated benefits annually to the communities we serve. Our foundation ministries—the Sisters of Charity Foundations located in Cleveland and Canton, Ohio and South Carolina—have invested more than $10 million annually in their communities since being established in 1996. Collectively, their total investment of more than $110 million has improved systems and individual lives of people in need.

The Sisters of Charity Health System is a diverse Catholic organization with $1 billion dollars in assets dedicated to carrying forward the healing mission of Jesus Christ. We are a beacon of hope for individuals and families in the communities we serve. Following are just some of our accomplishments:

  • Saving lives at South Carolina’s leading cardiovascular center
  • Providing oral health services to underserved residents in Stark County through a unique dental residency program
  • Supporting the addition of 4,000 units of affordable housing in Northeast Ohio
  • Launching seven fatherhood programs with 12 sites, helping more than 6,400 fathers across South Carolina
  • Helping more than 400 homeless men recover from illness and find permanent homes
  • Providing long-term care for more than 300 Ohio seniors
  • Increasing accredited child care centers in Stark County, Ohio from one to nearly 50 to increase quality of care
  • Getting thousands of Ohio children ready for kindergarten

We are devoted to healing.

Blog Posts From

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina holds state’s first Kinship Care Day at the Capitol

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina held South Carolina’s first Kinship Care Day at the Capitol March 20 outside the state’s capitol building in Columbia. The gathering included grandparents, state legislators, South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) representatives, and numerous local kinship care supporters.


tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Foundations

Mercy Medical Center Honors Local EMS

Mercy Medical Center recently hosted its annual appreciation dinner for local emergency medical squads (EMS). As part of the evening’s activities, Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) presented its STEMI (St Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Cup award to North Canton Fire Department for achieving the best “door to balloon” (D2B) angioplasty time for the second half of 2017.[More]

tags: Mercy Medical Center, health care

Prayer for today – a reflection for the fifth week of Lent

On behalf of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, we are pleased to share a reflection for the fifth week of Lent.[More]

tags: Prayers, Catholic Health Association

Early Childhood Resource Center launches school readiness symposium

The Early Childhood Resource Center helped organize the inaugural Early Childhood Advantage Conference on March 9 in Stark County to focus on school readiness, with almost 500 educators, experts and community leaders attending.[More]

tags: Early Childhood Resource Center, Outreach

Father Focus: South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families helps a dad get a job and raise his children

Zachary Walker was court ordered to participate in the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition (MFC) program. He had custody of his oldest two daughters, but the mother of his son and younger daughter denied him visitation because he wasn’t paying child support. With help from the program, he obtained a job, was able to buy a house and receive increased visitation.[More]

tags: South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, Outreach