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

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland Ministry Leadership Program brings sisters and young adults together

Charles Bohnak, English teacher at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School in Chardon, Ohio, is a participant in the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland's Generative Spirit’s Ministry Leadership Program, which is designed to connect young professional employees of sister-founded schools with a member of the school’s sponsoring congregation. He recently reflected on his experience working alongside the sisters and the potential of connecting sisters and young adults through the program.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Foundations

St. Vincent Charity spine surgeon explains complex medical terms used in diagnosing back and neck problems

Dr. Robert McLain, a spine surgeon in the Spine and Orthopedic Institute at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, published an article to provide information regarding cervical disc injury, cervical fusion, disc replacement surgery and more - to help make complex and sometimes confusing medical terms more understandable.
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tags: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, health care

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland awards $1.2 million in grants in first half of 2019

In the first half of the year, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland invested more than $1.2 million in the area. Its investment focused on supporting three main areas: ending homelessness, supporting Catholic sisters and their ministries, and strengthening Cleveland's Central neighborhood through health and education initiatives.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Foundations

South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families to benefit from Men's Wearhouse National Suit Drive

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is again partnering with Men's Wearhouse for the retailer's 12th annual National Suit Drive. The center is one of hundreds of nationwide nonprofit organizations to benefit from the campaign, which provides professional clothing for men re-entering the workforce. Throughout July, Men's Wearhouse will give customers 50 percent off the purchase of select items when they donate gently used suits or other professional attire during the campaign.[More]

tags: South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, Outreach

St. Vincent Charity physician offers tips for preventing back pain and injury at work

Nearly 40 million Americans suffer from chronic lower back pain, according to new research. Millions of workers, particularly those in heavy labor-related jobs, either miss work or are forced to change jobs every year because of their pain. However, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Shall said there is help for those who suffer from work-related back pain and tips to avoid injury on the job.[More]

tags: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, health care