Fact Sheet

For more than 160 years, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine have shown their true devotion to healing by serving unmet needs of children, adults and families in Ohio and South Carolina.

Their commitment to physical, psychological and spiritual health continues through a range of health and human service organizations, including five state-of-the-art hospitals; two geriatric residential facilities; direct services in health, housing, education, and grantmaking foundations with significant community initiatives that address root causes of poverty. 

These diverse ministries comprise the Sisters of Charity Health System. Our organization is unique in scope and stands apart from the more traditional health care systems to which it is often compared. Our health care ministry has built an extensive history of innovation and excellence:

  • Midwest’s first open heart surgery performed at Cleveland’s St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
  • First accredited chest pain center in the nation at Mercy Medical Center
  • First program in South Carolina dedicated exclusively to screening women for risk factors for cardiac disease

Each Sisters of Charity Health System hospital has earned national recognition for cutting-edge achievements in cardiovascular care, orthopedics and other health services.

Equally important, our physicians and caregivers support the solemn belief of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine that health care is not a privilege for some, but a right for all. Our hospitals provide more than $35 million in uncompensated care each year. These health care centers, including a continuum of assisted living and skilled nursing care for the elderly, are only part of who we are.

The Sisters of Charity Health System includes a broad spectrum of services to heal the whole person as an individual, member of a family and part of the community. In all, we provide more than $46 million in direct, uncompensated benefits annually to the communities we serve. Our foundation ministries—the Sisters of Charity Foundations located in Cleveland and Canton, Ohio and South Carolina—have invested more than $10 million annually in their communities since being established in 1996. Collectively, their total investment of more than $110 million has improved systems and individual lives of people in need.

The Sisters of Charity Health System is a diverse Catholic organization with $1 billion dollars in assets dedicated to carrying forward the healing mission of Jesus Christ. We are a beacon of hope for individuals and families in the communities we serve. Following are just some of our accomplishments:

  • Saving lives at South Carolina’s leading cardiovascular center
  • Providing oral health services to underserved residents in Stark County through a unique dental residency program
  • Supporting the addition of 4,000 units of affordable housing in Northeast Ohio
  • Launching seven fatherhood programs with 12 sites, helping more than 6,400 fathers across South Carolina
  • Helping more than 400 homeless men recover from illness and find permanent homes
  • Providing long-term care for more than 300 Ohio seniors
  • Increasing accredited child care centers in Stark County, Ohio from one to nearly 50 to increase quality of care
  • Getting thousands of Ohio children ready for kindergarten

We are devoted to healing.

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland Good Samaritan Grants now open

In order to respond quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis in communities, this year's Good Samaritan Grants Program from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland opens today, April 1, more than a month earlier than in past years. The program will also have an expedited, rolling application process.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Foundations

Early Child Resource Center offering extra support for Temporary Pandemic Child Care Programs

The Early Childhood Resource Center is offering temporary pandemic child care programs to access resources, communication, mini-grants and staffing to stay operational and provide child care for essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis.
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tags: Early Childhood Resource Center, outreach

A prayer and reflection for the fifth week of Lent

“When Jesus saw Mary weeping and the others who had come with her weeping, he became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said, ‘Where have you laid him? ’They said to him, ‘Sir, come and see.’ And Jesus wept.” JOHN 11:33-35. On behalf of the Catholic Health Association, we are pleased to share the following prayer and reflection for the fifth week of Lent.[More]

tags: Prayers, Sisters of Charity Health System, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Catholic Health Association

Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA, joins other faith-based leaders in promoting the census during 2020 Census Faith Communities Weekend of Action

This weekend, March 27-29, is the 2020 Census Faith Communities Weekend of Action. Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, congregational leader for the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, shared a video message about the importance of the census and the vital role faith leaders can play in sharing information about the 2020 Census with congregants, members and community this weekend and beyond - and encourage them to respond to the 2020 Census now.[More]

tags: Sister Judith Ann Karam, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine

Regina Health Center resident helps the homeless during COVID-19 pandemic

The St. Paschal Baylon Helping Hands Ministry has never missed a weekly delivery of meals and supplies to the homeless in Cleveland since it was founded by Regina Health Center resident Deacon Joseph Bourgeois, SSS, in 2008—and that even includes Christmas day. While the COVID-19 pandemic has shut much of the state down, it hasn’t shut down the urgent needs of the homeless. Deacon Joe has been hard at work from his room at Regina Health Center helping the homeless and serving as an example of everyone doing their part and serving others during this uncertain time.[More]

tags: Regina Health Center, health care