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 awards $373,500 to 22 organizations in community enrichment funding

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently awarded its community enrichment grants for 2018. The foundation’s mission to address poverty in all of its forms is reflected in its decision-making around community enrichment grants, which are designed to support nonprofits whose comprehensive services are based on experience, research and evidence-based models to break the cycle of poverty and provide long-term life change.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Foundations

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]

tags: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, health care

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland Innovation Mission fellows discuss the process of innovation in new video

What does it mean to innovate? What is the process of innovation? In the second video of The Innovation Mission series from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, the five fellows offer their perspectives on how learning to think differently has impacted their work.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Foundations

Mercy receives 4th consecutive National Outstanding Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer

Mercy Cancer Center was recently presented with the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Mercy Medical Center is one of a select group of only 32 U.S. health care facilities with accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for surveys performed last year.[More]

tags: Mercy Medical Center, health care

South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families partners with Men's Wearhouse for suit drive

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is again partnering with Men's Wearhouse for the retailer's 11th annual National Suit Drive. The center is one of nearly 200 nationwide nonprofit organizations to benefit from the campaign, which provides professional clothing for men re-entering the workforce.[More]

tags: South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, Outreach