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Health Care

An Overview of Our Ministries in Health Care

Pope John Paul the II defined health as “Health is a dynamic tension towards physical, mental, social, and spiritual harmony, and not only the absence of illness…”

The provision of quality health care to all people is a Sisters of Charity Health System hallmark that touches everything we do.

The roots of this ministry lie within the more than 160-year legacy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine.

The Sisters of Charity Health System solely owns two Catholic hospitals: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio.

The Sisters of Charity Health System provides residential eldercare services at Regina Health Center in Richfield, Ohio, and Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio.

These organizations have earned national recognition for cutting-edge achievements in clinical practice and innovation, active involvement in meeting ever-changing community needs, and shared commitment to representing the compassion and excellence that distinguishes Catholic health care.

What is Catholic Health care?

In short, Catholic health care providers see their work as an extension of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.

The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine have been devoted to healing since 1851. Their philosophy and mission exemplify the belief that Catholic hospitals continue the healing ministry of Jesus through direct care, outreach services and related health and human services activities. They collaborate with others in bringing services to those who need them most.

Health care is in the midst of rapid change, but the Catholic character of the mission remains a constant within the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. They continue to seek ways to meet emerging needs while at the same time supporting their present ministries. More than 160 years of devotion to healing is alive and well through the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine.

The Sisters of Charity Health System follows the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This document offers moral guidance, drawn from the Catholic Church's theological and moral teachings, on various aspects of health care delivery.

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is recognized for numerous centers of excellence, including its Spine and Orthopedic InstituteCenter for Bariatric Surgery, Health Literacy Institute, and Behavioral Health services.

Light of Hearts Villa

Light of Hearts Villa is committed to serving seniors with grace and integrity through quality, affordable services. Guided by faith, Light of Hearts Villa provides an enhanced, enriched and improved quality of life for older adults and their families.

Regina Health Center

Located in Richfield, Ohio, Regina Health Center is a licensed facility that includes 101 nursing beds, 54 assisted living care units, and a special care unit for dementia.

Recent Blog Posts

June 7, 2023

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton awards $1.1 million in grants for the first and second quarters

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton has announced $1,160,581 in grants for the first and second quarters of 2023. The grants cover three areas: Responsive Efforts - a commitment to respond to specific or short-term community needs = $677,486; Strategic Collaborations - work alongside others to launch programs that build capacity and increase effectiveness in community services = $225,095; Foundation-Led Initiatives - efforts to develop and hone programs focused on systemic change = $258,000.

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, Foundations

June 6, 2023

Cuyahoga County approves demolition of Juvenile Court Building, enabling Innerbelt ‘cap’ to relink Central neighborhood to downtown

After more than a decade of efforts to sell and redevelop the former Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice Court Building & Detention Center overlooking the Innerbelt freeway trench at East 22nd Street, the county has agreed to demolish the long-vacant building. The demolition will enable construction of a wide surface-level “cap’' over the highway trench with ample spaces for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit, helping reconnect Cleveland’s Central communities with the city’s central business district.

Sisters of Charity Health System

June 2, 2023

Building Health Communities crochet classes have participants hooked

An activity as seemingly simple as creating something from nothing using yarn and a hooked needle can offer many benefits. That something simple is crochet, which has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, relax the mind, relieve depression, offer a sense of community when done in a group and even build a business. For several years, Building Healthy Communities has offered crochet classes at locations around Cleveland’s Central neighborhood. The crochet classes have taught dozens of residents how to crochet, with some even going on to earn an income from their work or crocheted works used as donations to

Building Healthy Communities, Outreach

May 25, 2023

Healthy Learners empowers Spanish-speaking communities with South Carolina’s first Youth Mental Health First Aid course

Healthy Learners achieved a significant milestone by delivering South Carolina’s inaugural Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training for Spanish-speaking communities. This groundbreaking evidence-based program equips participants with the necessary skills to identify signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance use. Healthy Learners is a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating health barriers to learning for striving students.

Healthy Learners, Outreach