History

Our story begins in 1851 when the first Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine (CSA) arrived in Cleveland, Ohio from France to serve as the city’s first public health nurses. As the CSA Congregation grew, the Sisters continued to respond to unmet community needs of the changing times. The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine established hospitals, schools and dozens of health and social service programs in Ohio and South Carolina.

The health care ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System has an extensive history of innovation and quality. This health care legacy continues today at two nationally recognized hospitals:

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

A model of urban health care, with progressive, vital and responsive programs and services, the hospital strives to meet the changing needs of the community today and tomorrow. Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland (OH), the hospital has been part of the fabric of the city and the region since 1865.

Mercy Medical Center

Due to the generosity of Mrs. Rosa Klorer who had purchased the former residence of U.S. President William McKinley, the Sisters were called to Canton (OH) to establish Stark County's first and only Catholic hospital in the historic home in 1908. Today, Mercy Medical Center offers comprehensive programs and services to meet the health care needs of the community.

 

The CSA sisters' history also includes founding three other hospitals that are now owned by other entities. Each continues its mission as a Catholic hospital, working as an extension of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.

Providence Hospital

The opening of Providence Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1938 was the result of an extraordinary act of faith by an extraordinary collection of people. With an invitation and support from Fr. Martin C. Murphy of St. Peter's Church and Columbia businessman James B. Younginer, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine mortgaged their Ohio motherhouse to finance a new hospital in a city the Sisters had never even seen. Providence Hospital continues today as a leading provider of cardiovascular services in South Carolina. In February 2016, the Sisters of Charity Health System announced the completed acquisition of Providence Hospital by LifePoint Health.

St. John Medical Center

This hospital opened its doors in 1981 as the result of a merger of two long-standing health care institutions: St. John Hospital and Bay View Osteopathic General Hospital. Today, St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Ohio, offers a full range of both inpatient and outpatient services and serves as a teaching hospital for the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. In November 2015, the SCHS/UH 50/50 joint venture of St. John Medical Center transitioned to full ownership by University Hospitals.

Providence orthopedic Hospital

Established in 1999 and formerly known as Providence Hospital Northeast, this hospital is a 74-bed fully-functioning orthopedic specialty hospital. Along with premium orthopedic care, the hospital houses an emergency room, the offices for Providence Physicians practices and the Moore Center for Orthopedics. In February 2016, the Sisters of Charity Health System announced the completed acquisition of Providence Orthopedic Hospital by LifePoint Health.

 

New Strategies for Growth

Our hospitals have always thrived through the contributions of our co-ministers, the laity. In 1982, the need for an even broader infrastructure with greater participation of the laity was clear. Through the leadership of Sr. Mary Patricia Barrett, CSA, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System (now known as Sisters of Charity Health System) was established to promote collaboration and provide strategic direction and faith-based leadership to the growing family of ministries. The formation of the parent corporation was a critical step in increasing the involvement of laity in the oversight and operations of the Sisters’ health care ministry.

Responding to Unmet Needs

Other additions to the Sisters of Charity Health System’s family of ministries include two residential care centers for the elderly, new collaborative partnerships for health and human services and one of the nation’s only residences for homeless men recovering from illness or medical treatment. Healthy Learners, a South Carolina network providing health services free of charge to children from low-income families, earned prestigious national honors in 2006: the NOVA Award from the American Medical Association and the Achievement Citation from the Catholic Health Association.

Vision for Today and Tomorrow

Today, the Sisters of Charity Health System lives out its true devotion to healing by serving the unmet needs of hundreds of thousands of children and families in Northeast Ohio and South Carolina. We continue this tradition of healing the whole person through a range of health and human services organizations, including five state-of-the art hospitals, two geriatric residential facilities, direct services in health, education and housing, and grantmaking foundations with significant community initiatives that focus on the root causes of poverty.

We are dedicated to excellence, pledged to advocate for the poor and committed to the values of Jesus Christ. At all levels, we are a trusted resource for those in need of physical, psychological or spiritual wholeness.

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Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland honors Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA Sisters and ministries at annual awards luncheon

Members of the Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland gathered recently for the Red Mass and the annual St. Thomas More Award Luncheon. The guild presented several awards, including a Special Recognition Award to Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, congregational leader of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, for “her extraordinary service and Catholic witness, as well as to the CSA Sisters, the Sisters of Charity Health System, and their many co-ministers for their dedication to the most vulnerable.”[More]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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