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 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.

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 physician offers tips for surviving a severe allergy season

Spring has sprung and so has allergy season. Dr. Keyvan Ravakhah, internal medicine specialist and department of medicine chairman at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, recently offered advice for surviving allergy season on the hospital’s radiant blog.[More]

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Cleveland Improbable Players offer reality of addiction and recovery in dramatization at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

The Plain Dealer joined addiction treatment caregivers and clients of Rosary Hall to view a dramatic performance staged by the Improbable Players at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. The professional troupe brings a raw, riveting message about addiction to schools and stages across communities hit hard by the opioid epidemic. The March 25 performance was the first appearance in Ohio by the Improbable Players.[More]

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Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal: Fighting the opioid epidemic with civil legal aid

Jennifer Kinsley is an attorney at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and one of two attorneys who work full-time with St. Vincent Charity Medical System in a medical legal partnership (MLP). She recently wrote about MLPs in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal and how the St. Vincent Charity/Legal Aid Society MLP provides free, on-site services to resolve civil legal issues that impact the overall health of patients.[More]

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Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium video highlights partnership

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium, which includes St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, has released a new video highlighting the collaborative work under way by area hospitals to address the opioid crisis in the region.[More]

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St. Vincent Charity surgeon one of few in Northeast Ohio specializing in "laser spine surgery"

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center spine surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Shall is one of a select few in Northeast Ohio who specializes in minimally invasive surgery to correct spinal disorders. Often referred to as “laser spine surgery," minimally invasive spine surgery has many advantages, including shorter recovery times and stronger long-term results, over traditional surgical techniques.[More]

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