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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Statement from the Sisters of Charity Health System: A CALL FOR RACIAL JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others in similar circumstances remind us that racism continues to cast a long shadow across our nation. Structural racism is also manifesting significantly today through the disproportionate deaths of Black Americans and other people of color from COVID-19. We must respond in a renewed commitment to justice and peace. Let us work in solidarity to end the racism and violence that continues to devastate the health and well-being of too many. [More]

tags: Advocacy, health care, Outreach, Prayers, Foundations

Mercy Medical Center sends recovered COVID patients home with a song

Recovered COVID-19 patients are being serenaded upon their discharge from Catholic hospitals with inspiring tunes. Mercy Medical Center is one of those hospital, and is letting COVID patients pick which song they want to hear as they are heading out. Mercy and some of the songs patients have chosen were mentioned in a Catholic Health World article about music being used to rejoice in the victories of patients who have survived serious or near-fatal complications of the virus and are going home.[More]

tags: Mercy Medical Center, health care

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center president & CEO pens letter about providing a safe place to receive care

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center President & CEO Janice G. Murphy penned a letter that appears on the hospital's website encouraging people not to postpone regular preventative care, diagnostic tests and follow-up visits. She starts the letter by writing: "During the coronavirus pandemic, we are guided by our long-held mission to treat every patient with clinical excellence and compassionate care. With your health as our priority, we assure you that St. Vincent Charity Medical Center facilities provide a safe place for you to receive care."[More]

tags: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, health care

Mercy Medical Center announces clinical excellence award winners during National Nurses Month

Mercy Medical Center is celebrating its nurses who deliver primary and preventive health care to enrich lives and communities in the Canton area. During National Nurses Month, Mercy announces its 2020 Clinical Excellence Award winners–Kristin Beabout, Sara Carter, Linda Shilts, Gina Stover and Rachel Wilson. As part of the annual celebration, Mercy honors nurses who have been selected for exceptional clinical skills, teaching abilities, communication skills, teamwork and professionalism.[More]

tags: Mercy Medical Center, health care

Fatherhood program helping father of two young daughters overcome barriers to being a better dad

A father of two young daughters, Thomas Mayfield had a laundry list of barriers when the Georgetown County Dept of Social Services (DSS) recommended that Thomas enroll at A Father’s Place (AFP), a program of the the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families. Finding the resources at AFP has helped him gain temporary custody of his children and given Mayfield a new road map to follow.[More]

tags: South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, Outreach