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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Health system CEO writes about link between housing and health

Thomas Strauss, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System, and Marc McDermott, vice president and Ohio market leader for Enterprise Community Partners Inc., penned an opinion piece for Crain's Cleveland Business about the link between housing and health, writing about how many low-income families make tradeoffs between rent and preventive health visits. They encouraged business and community leaders to support all programs that address the health of the community, including the social determinants of health.[More]

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May you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope, and the peace of His love at Christmas and always.

On behalf of the Sisters of Charity Health System, thank you for sharing our mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus to God’s people. Your support helps light the way to health and wellness for individuals, families and communities in Ohio and South Carolina. Let us extend that love by opening our hearts to all in the coming year.[More]

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Tell Ohio legislators to oppose Medicaid expansion freeze vote

Ohio’s Medicaid expansion is working. It has transformed lives of more than 1.2 million people over the last four years, helping hundreds of thousands of Ohioans get back to work. The Ohio General Assembly is likely to come back after Christmas to override vetoes by Gov. John Kasich. There is talk that they may vote to override his 2017 veto of the freeze on Medicaid expansion. Please tell your legislators: Don’t support the Medicaid expansion freeze.[More]

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Tell Congress to oppose the public charge rule

The Administration has proposed a dangerous and unnecessary expansion of the definition of “public charge” when determining the eligibility of legal immigrants to apply for lawful permanent residency (LPR). Under the proposed rule, enrollment in the Medicaid program (and potentially the CHIP program) would prevent legal immigrants from attaining LPR, and force many to choose between vital health care coverage and the ability to adjust immigration status. Please urge the Department of Homeland Security not to finalize this harmful rule and ask your members of Congress to weigh in as well. A sample letter is available on e-Advocacy.[More]

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Ask your senators to support the Overdose Prevention and Safety Act

The Sisters of Charity Health System stands with the Catholic Health Association of the United States in urging you to ask your senators to support HR 6082, the Overdose Prevention and Safety Act. The act would align substance use disorder (SUD) treatment records with existing patient protections under HIPAA for the purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations—removing decades-old regulations preventing doctors from knowing their patients’ addiction treatment histories.[More]

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