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.

Blog Posts From

Joseph's Journey: Art therapy helps Joseph's Home residents overcome traumatic experiences

The recent issue of Joseph's Journey, the biannual newsletter of Joseph’s Home, features an article about a partnership the ministry formed with Ursuline College to provide art therapy as part of the holistic healing process for residents. Read the complete Joseph's Journey newsletter for additional news, upcoming events, stories of how Joseph’s Home carries out its mission, and more.[More]

tags: Joseph's Home, Outreach

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland's Ministry Leadership Program participant reflects on her experience

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland's Ministry Leadership Program serves young adult campus ministers and faith formation staff at sister-led, sister-founded schools and colleges throughout Northeast Ohio. Michalena Mezzopera, a theology teacher at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School in Chardon, Ohio, is a participant in the Ministry Leadership Program and recently reflected on her experience in the program to date.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Foundations

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina announces 2019 Unsung Hero Award recipients for kinship care

As part of its kinship care initiative, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently awarded it 2019 Unsung Hero Award to three of South Carolina’s kinship caregivers who have provided outstanding care to children for more than a year. “The recipients of this year’s Unsung Hero Award couldn’t be more deserving. They’ve faced challenges that many people can’t imagine, and they’ve done so with grace and courage. We’re proud to honor them,” said Tom Keith, foundation president.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Foundations

Mercy Medical Center inducts three physicians into the Society of St. Luke

Mercy Medical Center recently honored three members of the medical staff for outstanding service to patients, the hospital and the Stark County community during the 2019 induction ceremony and dinner for the Society of St. Luke, Mercy’s physician honor society. Honorees included Frank J. Kaeberlein, M.D., Margaret F. Kobe, M.D., and Russell L. Ramey, M.D.[More]

tags: Mercy Medical Center, health care

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-associate 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]

tags: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, health care