Governance and Sponsorship

Since its establishment in 1982, the Sisters of Charity Health System has promoted collaboration among its various ministries while providing them with oversight, leadership and strategic direction.

Sponsorship— a formal relationship recognized by both civil and canon law between an authorized Catholic organization and a legally formed entity — was provided during this time by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine (CSA).  The CSA Congregation exists in the Catholic Church as a Public Juridic Person of pontifical right (PJP). Often compared to a civil corporation, a PJP is described in canon law as a group of persons or things that performs work in the name of the Church, not merely in its own name.

In 2001, the CSA Congregation reviewed the corporate Membership structure for the Sisters of Charity Health System and designated that the Congregational Leader and two Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine be named as Members.  These two Sisters were chosen based on their individual expertise as well as their knowledge of Catholic healthcare.  Soon after, the Congregation began a process to consider a new model of sponsorship that would ensure the mission and ministry of CSA and our Catholic identity into the future.

In June 2007, the Vatican approved a request to restructure the sponsorship of the Sisters of Charity Health System to a new Public Juridic Person.  This action shifts corporate decision-making authority from the exclusive scope of CSA to the new PJP which is governed by both CSAs and laity.  Most importantly, the new canonical structure guarantees the preservation of the Sisters’ mission and the Catholic identity of their sponsored ministries into the future.

 

public juridic person

  • Jacqueline Bollas Caldwell, Director, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Doughterty Co. LPA
  • Sister Miriam Erb CSA, Vice President Mission and Ministry, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center 
  • Sister Susan Durkin OSU, President, Ursuline Sisters
  • Leo M. Spellacy Jr. Esq., Principal, Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan LLP
  • Robert Spangler M.D.  
  • Michael  Younginer, Younginer Engineering Products
  • Sister Judith Ann Karam CSA, Congregational Leader, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine (CHAIR)

 

Sisters of Charity Health System Board of Directors

  • Judith Barnes Lancaster, Attorney/Owner, Judith Barnes Lancaster Attorney at Law
  • Jacqueline Bollas Caldwell, Director, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Doughterty Co. LPA
  • Albert Degulis (VICE CHAIR)
  • Sister Susan Durkin OSU, President, Ursuline Sisters
  • Sister Miriam Erb CSA, Vice President Mission and Ministry, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center (SECRETARY)
  • Jack Gravo  (TREASURER)
  • J. Michael Kapp
  • Sister Judith Ann Karam CSA, Congregational Leader, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine
  • Edward (Mac) McIlver Leppard Jr. M.D., Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery, Providence Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery LLC
  • J. Michael McCabe, Senior Vice President – Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith Inc.
  • Clinton Simmons, Edward Luttner Associates
  • Joseph Sopko M.D., Chief Medical Officer, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
  • Leo M. Spellacy Jr. Esq., Principal, Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan LLP
  • Robert Spangler M.D.  (CHAIR)
  • Thomas J. Strauss, President & CEO, Sisters of Charity Health System
  • Michael  Younginer, Younginer Engineering Products

SCHS CORPORATE OFFICERS

  • Thomas J. Strauss, President & CEO, Sisters of Charity Health System
  • Susanna H. Krey, Senior VP Foundations, Outreach Ministries & External Affairs, Sisters of Charity Health System
  • Melissa Rogers, Senior Vice President/CFO, Sisters of Charity Health System

 

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