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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Navigating legal land mines paves way for St. Vincent Charity Rosary Hall patient to turn life around

When Suzanne* began treatment at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center's Rosary Hall for her alcohol dependency, she met with attorneys from The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland as part of St. Vincent's medical-legal partnership. This allowed Suzanne to stay focused on her treatment program while Legal Aid addressed multiple issues that could have created challenges on Suzanne's path to recovery.[More]

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St. Vincent Charity Medical Center president & CEO pens letter to the editor about hospital community benefit

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center provided $19 million in community benefit in 2017. St. Vincent Charity President & CEO David Perse, M.D., recently wrote a letter to the editor about the impact community benefit has on serving real people with real heath needs.[More]

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St. Vincent Charity interdisciplinary medical legal partnership takes holistic approach to wellness

An innovator in compassionate care, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center partnered with The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland in October 2017 to create one of the nation’s first medical-legal partnership (MLP) focused on a Psychiatric Emergency Department. Through this partnership, Legal Aid attorneys are onsite at St. Vincent Charity to advise and represent patients and to train providers in spotting social determinants of health with potential legal remedies.[More]

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St. Vincent Charity Radiant Blog: Dr. Michael Canales provides life-saving treatment for mom with infected diabetic foot ulcer

Michael Canales, D.P.M., one of many master surgeons at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, is widely regarded for his expertise in medical and surgical care for foot and ankle injuries. He recently treated a woman from West Virginia who had been suffering for several weeks from a diabetic foot ulcer. A friend told her about St. Vincent Charity and Dr. Canales because of their combined reputation as the best in the field.[More]

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