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Thomas J. Strauss
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Thomas J. Strauss is president & CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Headquartered in Cleveland, the health system includes two Catholic hospitals, two elder care facilities, three grantmaking foundations addressing the root causes of poverty, and five outreach organizations in Ohio and South Carolina.
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Mercy Medical Center releases 2018-19 community benefit report

Mercy Medical Center recently released its 2018-19 community benefit report, We are Here for Everyone. The report illustrates the more than $20 million in community benefit the hospital provided in 2018, some of the stories behind the work and what it means to be a Catholic hospital.[More]

tags: Mercy Medical Center, health care

St. Vincent Charity patient advocacy improves care through compassionate, hands-on approach

Faith-based health care offers a unique environment of patient care that addresses medical, spiritual and socioeconomic needs. As Cleveland’s only Catholic hospital, caregivers at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center serve a mission dedicated to the healing ministry of Jesus and serve with a deep respect for the dignity and value of all persons. This mission, and a devotion to caring for the whole person, led St. Vincent Charity to establish a patient advocacy department that is unlike that of any other health system in Northeast Ohio. [More]

tags: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, health care

Health Progress Journal highlights Catholic Community Connection as a model for Catholic ministries to better collaborate

In an article in Health Progress, the Journal of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, the author highlights Catholic Community Connection as a model for Catholic ministries to better collaborate with one another to improve the social conditions of communities.[More]

tags: Catholic Community Connection, Outreach

Foundation's collaborative Housing First initiative featured in Catholic Health World

With the completion of a final building project in October 2020, greater Cleveland will officially have enough housing for all individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in Cuyahoga County. Thanks to the work of Housing First, a collaborative initiative established by Enterprise Community Partners, the county Office of Homeless Services and the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, an end to functional chronic homelessness can be declared in less than a year. Catholic Health World, the publication of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, uplifted the initiative and its success in its latest cover story.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Foundations

Mercy Development Foundation awards Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA, St. Augustine Award for Distinguished Service

The Mercy Development Foundation, which supports the mission of Mercy Medical Center, honored Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, congregational leader of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine with its 2019 St. Augustine Award for Distinguished Service During its annual Founders Day ceremony and donor recognition event. This award recognizes individuals whose leadership and vision have impacted and transformed the medical center.[More]

tags: Mercy Medical Center, health care