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.
Mercy Medical Center’s centers of excellence include the Mercy Heart Center, Emergency Services/Trauma Center, Emergency Chest Pain Center, Mercy Cancer Center, Regional Rehabilitation Center, Mercy Stoke Center, Mercy Vascular Center and Mercy Robotic Surgery Center.
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.
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
October 26, 2020
Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood ambassador organizes neighborhood youth to help seniors and essential workers
Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood Ambassador Demetrius Carter spent several weekends in the summer organizing neighborhood youth to help seniors and essential workers with yardwork, cleanup and other needs. In a video posted by the Promise Neighborhood, he asked some of the teens to talk about their experiences and what they hope for the future of Central.
October 22, 2020
Mercy Medical Center and St. Vincent Charity designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Spine Surgery
St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center are two of only 15 facilities in Ohio to be designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Spine Surgery by the BlueCross BlueShield Association. Blue Distinction Centers+ are nationally recognized and trusted programs that provide excellent and efficient specialty care. It is a national designation program by the BlueCross BlueShield Association that identifies facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty care safely, efficiently and cost effectively.
October 21, 2020
"Do I really want to go through this again?" Sometimes when life gets tough, it’s easy to lose hope or to feel like giving up. This is exactly how Marcos felt when he received the news from his doctor that his cancer had come back. Typically, Marcos tries to keep his head held high. But he wasn’t sure if he was strong enough anymore. Without a home or a car, keeping up with his medical care felt impossible. Until he was referred to Joseph’s Home.
October 19, 2020
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland's Generative Spirit initiative highlighted in Global Sisters Report
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland's Generative Spirit Program Coordinator Rachel Drotar was highlighted in a recent Global Sisters Report story about Catholic sisters’ influence on young people in the areas of activism and social justice. This knowledge-sharing and inspiration is an essential part of the Generative Spirit initiative, which connects sisters and young adults in their shared passion for social justice.