St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity Health System, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is an acute care teaching hospital committed to providing excellent care in a compassionate environment.

Since 1865, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center has extended the healing ministry of Jesus through its core values of respect, integrity, quality and teamwork. As a Catholic hospital, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center promotes and defends human dignity, and attends to the whole person.

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is recognized for numerous centers of excellence, including its Spine and Orthopedic Institute, Center for Bariatric Surgery and Health Literacy Institute, as well as its Cardiovascular Services and Behavioral Health services.

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is dedicated to delivering high-quality, affordable health care services in an environment that meets each patient's physical, mental and spiritual needs.

Learn more about St. Vincent Charity Medical Center at www.stvincentcharity.com. Also, learn more about common conditions via its patient education library.


St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

2351 East 22nd Street
Cleveland, OH 44115

p: 216 861 6200

Established 1865

The Cleveland’s First Private Hospital

The history of Cleveland and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center are not independent of one another. A city is people; a hospital is people—the story of the past century and a half is the story of how these people have helped each other.

Since 1865—nearly 150 years ago—a handful of pioneering Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine were brought to Cleveland at the request of Bishop Amadeus Rappe, the first bishop of Cleveland. Against the backdrop of a soul-searing Civil War and a spirit saddened by the assassination of a President, new life was teeming on the streets, avenues, shores, railways and alleys of Cleveland. However, without a hospital the city could not serve the railroad and steamboat disaster victims and returning Civil War soldiers who were requiring immediate medical attention and nursing care.

To meet these needs, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, rose above almost insurmountable difficulties to come into existence.

In May 1863, Bishop Rappe had proposed to City Council that Cleveland build a hospital to care for wounded soldiers, with nursing care to be provided by the Sisters. City Council appointed a committee to investigate and immediately dissension occurred. Newspaper editorials opposed a hospital under Catholic auspices since nine-tenths of the taxpayers were Protestants, and proposed instead the establishment of a nonsectarian hospital.

Familiar with failure and discouragement, Bishop Rappe made another attempt. He offered to build a hospital and provide Sisters to care for the patients if the citizens would furnish adequate financial support.

Cleveland citizens agreed and the site—at Perry Street (now East 22nd Street) between Marion and Garden Streets (now Central Avenue)—was purchased for $10,000. The initial hospital cost $72,000 of which $42,000 was raised from the primarily Protestant Cleveland community.

The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine stated that patients would be received regardless of religious belief and that those unable to pay would have their care paid for by the city. Mother Augustine, a woman of refinement and strength of character, who possessed unusual executive ability, was the first superior of the hospital. She and seven Sisters took up their duties on October 5, 1865. Their practice of always aiding the sick and suffering regardless of creed, race or ability to pay has continued throughout the next century and a half.

Today, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is Cleveland’s faith-based, high-quality healthcare provider. As a teaching hospital, it is home to the renowned Spine and Orthopedic Institute, the Center for Bariatric Surgery as well as complete services in cardiovascular, emergency medicine, primary care, behavioral health, occupational health and addiction medicine in a setting that is as caring and comfortable as home.

Everyone at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is devoted to the mission to treat every patient with clinical excellence and compassionate care. 

 

David Perse, M.D.

President,
St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

David Perse, MD

David Perse, M.D. became president of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in 2011. A native Clevelander, Dr. Perse attended St. Joseph High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a medical degree from The Ohio State University. He completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland. Dr. Perse served as president of Lutheran Hospital and regional director of wound care for the Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals before joining St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. Read More »


St. Vincent Charity Development Foundation

In 2011, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center established a separately incorporated development foundation to support its fund-raising needs. Individuals, organizations, corporations and grantmaking foundations are invited to learn more about ways to support the medical center’s mission through charitable giving to the St. Vincent Charity Development Foundation.

 

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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]

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St. Vincent Charity physician discusses reverse shoulder surgery for complex shoulder joint conditions

Reverse shoulder replacement surgery provides an effective treatment for the millions of Americans suffering from chronic pain but for whom traditional replacement is not an option. Dr. John Krebs, a surgeon with the Spine & Orthopedic Institute at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, is a specialist in this advanced surgical procedure. He regularly sees patients who have suffered with shoulder pain and limited mobility for decades, unaware there is help available.[More]

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Rosary Hall's Dr. Ted Parran discusses life-saving naloxone and naloxone toolkit on The Sound of Ideas

As part of the launch of an online Naloxone Toolkit from the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium, Ted Parran, M.D., co-medical director of Rosary Hall at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, participated in a discussion about naloxone as a life-saving, anti-overdose drug on an episode of ideastream’s The Sound of Ideas. Seeking to increase access to the life-saving intervention naloxone, the consortium launched the Naloxone Toolkit as a collection of resources freely available to readers.[More]

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St. Vincent Charity orthopedic surgeon named Crain's Health Care Hero finalist

Crain's Cleveland Business named St. Vincent Charity Medical Center orthopedic surgeon Bernard Stulberg, M.D., as a Crain's Health Care Hero finalist. The program recognizes some of the most exceptional health care providers in the region. He was honored at the recent Crain's Health Care Summit event, where Sisters of Charity Health System President & CEO Thomas Strauss also participated in a panel discussion with each of the CEOs from Northeast Ohio’s health care systems about the top issues facing the health care sector.[More]

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St. Vincent Charity Medical Center to host Ohio health literacy conference Oct. 4

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is partnering with Ohio Health Literacy Partners to host Building Health Literacy in Ohio: The Inaugural Ohio Health Literacy Partners Conference on October 4 at Ashland University. Since 2007, the Health Literacy Institute at St. Vincent Charity has been a nationally recognized leader in developing a program model that would institutionalize health literacy across the continuum of patient care to improve health through better communication.[More]

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