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)
  • Tom Moran

 

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
  • Giesele Greene M.D., Chief Medical Officer, 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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Sisters of Charity Health System Names New Senior Vice President

The Sisters of Charity Health System has named Janice G. Murphy, RN, BSN, MSN, FACHE as senior vice president of mission and ministry. In this role, she will give leadership and oversight to mission and values across the health system. She will oversee programs and processes to ensure the decisions, policies and programs of the health system and all operating units are consistent with the mission, philosophy, faith obligations and values of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, as well as the elements of Catholic identity and the social teachings of the Catholic Church.

Murphy’s career includes 40 years of health care leadership. She is currently serving as chief operating officer (COO) of regional hospitals and family health centers for the Cleveland Clinic. In this role since 2015, she has been responsible for the operations of 10 community hospitals, 21 family health centers, three freestanding emergency departments, and three health and wellness centers. Prior, she has served as COO of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi, president of Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital, president of Cleveland Clinic Fairview and Lakewood Hospitals, senior vice president and COO of Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital, and chief nursing officer of Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital. [More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Health System, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Sister Judith Ann Karam, health care, Catholic Health Association

Catholic Community Connection summer fellowship opens doors for Catholic grad

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tags: Catholic Community Connection, Foundations, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Sisters of Charity Health System

Ask your senators to support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act

The House of Representatives recently passed the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act and the bill is now with the Senate for consideration. Please contact your senators today to urge them to support the same act in the Senate. This bipartisan bill would provide new resources for palliative care research, professional training, and education and outreach to help expand the availability of palliative care for all patients and families facing serious or life-threatening illness.[More]

tags: Advocacy, Sisters of Charity Health System

Regarding the ICE raid in Northern Ohio: Tell Congress to address immigration reform

On June 5, raids occurred at Corso's Flower and Garden Center in Sandusky and Castalia, Ohio, in Erie County. This area is a part of the Diocese of Toledo, the neighbor to the Diocese of Cleveland. One hundred fourteen of the migrants who worked at this facility were arrested and are being detained. Many of those who are now in the detention facilities have children and are members of parish communities. Please let your legislators know that the actions of ICE were inhumane and that there are more compassionate ways to respond, including comprehensive immigration reform.[More]

tags: Advocacy, Sisters of Charity Health System

Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, to be inducted into Ohio Hospital Association Hall of Fame

Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, congregational leader for the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, will be inducted into the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) Health Care Hall of Fame at the annual OHA recognition dinner June 5 in Columbus. The OHA Hall of Fame honors men and women who have made extraordinary contributions to the delivery of health care for Ohioans.[More]

tags: Sister Judith Ann Karam, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Sisters of Charity Health System, health care