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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Sisters of Charity Health System Signs Letter of Intent for Mercy Medical Center to Join Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic and the Sisters of Charity Health System today signed a non-binding letter of intent to explore Mercy Medical Center becoming a full member of the Cleveland Clinic health system while maintaining its Catholic identity through sponsorship by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine.

The Sisters of Charity Health System, which is the sole member of Mercy Medical Center, and Cleveland Clinic will begin a careful and thorough review to complete the due diligence process that will outline how they will move forward to best meet the health care needs of residents in Stark County and surrounding communities. [More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Health System, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Mercy Medical Center, health care

Janice G. Murphy to Lead St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

The Sisters of Charity Health System today announced Janice G. Murphy, RN, BSN, MSN, FACHE, as president & CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center (SVCMC), effective immediately. Murphy succeeds Dr. David Perse, who stepped down from that role August 6. Moving forward, Dr. Perse will continue as an employed physician of St. Vincent Medical Group.

“We are grateful to welcome Jan to St. Vincent, a ministry whose foundering sisters served as Cleveland’s first public health nurses more than 150 years ago,” said Thomas J. Strauss, president & CEO of the Sister of Charity Health System, which is the corporate parent of SVCMC and 12 other Catholic health ministries in Ohio and South Carolina. “Jan’s career – from roots in Catholic ministry to extensive nursing expertise to executive leadership at the Cleveland Clinic – uniquely suits this important time of change at St. Vincent as we chart a new course for a bright future.” [More]

tags: health care, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Sisters of Charity Health System, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine

Sisters of Charity Health System CEO Thomas Strauss to Lead Mercy Medical Center as Paul Hiltz Accepts New Role

The Sisters of Charity Health System today announced President & CEO Thomas J. Strauss will take on the additional role of interim CEO of Mercy Medical Center, one of the health system’s two Catholic hospitals in Ohio. Paul Hiltz, who has led Mercy Medical Center since 2017, has accepted a position with NCH Healthcare System, a two-hospital Mayo Clinic Care Network affiliate in Naples, Fla. [More]

tags: health care, Mercy Medical Center, Sisters of Charity Health System

Health system SVP to speak July 24 at Engage! Cleveland’s Next Generation of Women follow-up

When being pulled in a million directions, how do you take the time to care for yourself? Engage! Cleveland is having a discussion with Jan Murphy, senior vice president of mission and ministry at the Sisters of Charity Health System, July 24 from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. to dive deeper into how to create greater balance by taking care of your body, mind and spirit while avoiding negative self-chatter, over-committing and body shaming. This event is a follow-up from Engage! Cleveland's 2nd annual Next Generation of Women event held March 28.[More]

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Dr. Adnan Tahir joins Sisters of Charity Health System as Vice President of the Primary Care Institute

The Sisters of Charity Health System (SCHS) today welcomed Adnan Tahir, M.D. as vice president of the primary care institute. Dr. Tahir comes from the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) in Lebanon, where he has served as hospital director & chief medical officer since 2010. [More]

tags: health care, Sisters of Charity Health System