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.

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Mercy Medical Center opens new Mercy Wound & Hyperbaric Center

Mercy Medical Center recently opened the new Mercy Wound & Hyperbaric Center to treat all wounds, especially those that have become difficult to heal. Underlying conditions such as diabetes, circulation problems or previous cancer treatment can turn simple wounds into a significant problem. [More]

tags: Mercy Medical Center, health care

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland launches The Innovation Mission fellowship

Business, community and civic leaders with a hunch of how to change the trajectory of poverty in Cleveland now have a powerful new opportunity to make their innovative ideas reality.

The Innovation Mission: Fighting Poverty With Big Ideas is a ground-breaking initiative of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland in collaboration with Cleveland Leadership Center.[More]

tags: Foundations, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Sisters of Charity Foundation supports Stark County’s only men’s shelter

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton is one of several organizations that support Refuge of Hope. The ministry is the only men’s shelter in Stark County. The Repository recently published an article about Refuge of Hope’s plans to build a larger facility to meet a growing demand for services.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, Foundations

Fatherhood program featured in Fox Carolina 21 news segment

Television station Fox Carolina 21 in Greenville, South Carolina, recently featured the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families’ Upstate Fatherhood Coalition in a story about the fatherhood program’s work to support single fathers in becoming responsible fathers.[More]

tags: South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, Outreach

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center receives “A” grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group, which assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide, recently released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, giving St. Vincent Charity Medical Center an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients.[More]

tags: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, health care