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At the request of the first Bishop of Cleveland, Ohio, the Most Reverend Amadeus Rappe, four Augustinian Sisters from St. Louis Hospital in Boulougne sur Mer, France, travel to Cleveland to become the city's first public health nurses.


On the site of the convent in Ohio City, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine open St. Joseph Hospital, the first public hospital in what later becomes part of the City of Cleveland.


St. Joseph Hospital closes and the building is used to house orphans until the completion of St. Vincent Orphanage in 1859. Several Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and 100 orphans later move to St. Louis Orphanage in Louisville, Ohio.


On October 10, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine open St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland with 80 beds and eight sisters as nurses. The hospital's first patients include soldiers returning from the Civic War.


The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine open Saint Ann Hospital and Infant Home to care for unmarried mothers and neglected children. In 1910, Saint Ann Hospital begins admitting private patients.


The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine open Cleveland's first School of Nursing at St. Vincent Charity Hospital. Two CSAs later become the second and third women in Ohio to be certified by the State Board of Pharmacy.


More than 100 Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine establish a new motherhouse in Lakewood, Ohio.


The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine staff Providence Hospital and School of Nursing in Sandusky, Ohio. Their service there ends in 1922 when Sandusky becomes part of the Toledo Diocese.


On September 24, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine open Mercy Hospital (now Mercy Medical Center) in Canton, Ohio. A few years later, the sisters establish Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and Little Flower Hospital for Children near the Mercy campus.


In response to a request from Cleveland Bishop Joseph Schrembs, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine open St. Augustine Academy for grades K – 6 at the Lakewood motherhouse. A year later, the academy expands to include high school students. Throughout the next ten years, the sisters staff many parish schools throughout northern Ohio.


Catholic Charities Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio relocates the orphans care for by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine at St. Vincent and St. Louis orphanages to a new facility, Parmadale Children's Village, built on 180 acres of land outside the city. Parmadale becomes the nation's first cottage plan home for dependent children.


The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine begin to direct and staff St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, Ohio. Their ministry there continues until 1971.


At the request of Bishop Emmet M. Walsh of Charleston, South Carolina, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine expand their ministry to open Providence Hospital, the first Catholic hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.


Through the efforts of Dr. Bob Smith, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, and Sr. Ignatia Gavin, St. Thomas Hospital becomes the first general hospital in the nation to officially admit alcoholics for care. Sr. Ignatia is still remembered today as "The Angel of Alcoholics Anonymous."


The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine staff Divine Savior Hospital in York, South Carolina in assistance to the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy. Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine service there continues through 1947.


A new Saint Ann Hospital for women is built on Cleveland's East Boulevard (now Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard). Care for foundlings and other infants is provided at De Paul Infant Home.

In Canton, Ohio, services are consolidated between Little Flower Hospital and Mercy Hospital.


Sr. Ignatia moves to Cleveland and St. Vincent Charity Hospital, where she establishes Rosary Hall, a pioneering treatment center for alcoholics. Rosary Hall gains a national reputation for its excellence in treating chemical apiction.


A new Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine motherhouse, Mount Augustine, is built on 400 acres in Richfield, Ohio for the formation of young sisters and care of the retired.


At Divine Redeemer School in Hanahan, South Carolina, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine serve as principal and teachers through 1967.


Sr. Henrietta Gorris begins work in the riot-torn Hough area of Cleveland, providing education for self reliance, along with food, clothing, housing development and jobs. Her efforts lead to the development of Famicos Foundation in 1970, which continues today to offer affordable lease-purchase housing and job training.


The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine donate the De Paul Infant Home and property to the Diocese of Cleveland. Saint Ann Hospital is sold and the proceeds used to create the Saint Ann Foundation.


While maintaining property ownership, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine transfer the operation and administration of St. Augustine Academy to the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.


St. John West Shore Hospital opens in Westlake, Ohio as a joint venture between. St. John Hospital and West Shore Osteopathic Association.

Timken Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio closes its diploma nursing school and forms a new relationship with Walsh College (now Walsh University).


The sisters incorporate the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health and Human Services to serve as a parent corporation for their health care facilities. Ten years later, the name is changed to the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System (CSA Health System).


Providence Hospital launches "LifeReach," one of South Carolina's first hospital-based air ambulance services.

St. Vincent Charity Hospital School of Nursing closes its diploma nursing school.

The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine begin an associate program for lay women and men, married and single, who are eager to participate in the life and charism of the sisters.


Acknowledging the area's population loss and high number of empty hospital beds, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine close St. John Hospital. A year later, the building is sold to St. Augustine Manor.


Health Reach Providence (now Healthy Learners) begins in Columbia, South Carolina, linking a network of providers to economically disadvantaged children in need of basic health services.


The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine support a $7.5 million renovation of their motherhouse in Richfield, Ohio to build Regina Health Center, a state-of-the-art nursing care facility for retired members of 22 religious congregations, diocesan clergy, and lay men and women. The center is the first of its kind in the nation.

Through an individual ministry and community effort, The Open House is established in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. It is the only non-hospital-based center in the city's east side offering support services to people with HIV/AIDS and their families.


CSA Health System enters into three 50/50 joint ventures partnerships (two in Ohio and one in South Carolina) with an investor-owned health care corporation to ensure the long-term vitality of its health care ministry.


Three Sisters of Charity Foundations, with assets of more than $200 million, are formed in Cleveland and Canton, Ohio and Columbia, South Carolina with the proceeds made available from the formation of the new corporate partnerships. The partnership in Canton acquires Canton's Visiting Nurse Association, aping homecare and hospice services to Mercy Medical Center.


The Interfaith Wellness Ministry in Irvine, Kentucky begins through an individual ministry to help participating church congregations focus on the health of mind, body and spirit.

Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and community members support the opening of a Catholic Worker House of Peace in Akron, Ohio to provide shelter for women and women with children in need. A second house, Casa Maria Jose, opened in spring 2000 for Spanish-speaking women and children.

St. Luke's Medical Center joins the Cleveland joint venture.


The South Carolina partnership opens the second Catholic hospital in Columbia, South Carolina: Providence Hospital Northeast.

In Ohio, the joint ventures are restructured with a new partner, University Hospitals.


Joseph's Home opens in Cleveland in a renovated convent to provide health care and support programs to homeless men recovering from illness or medical procedures. The transitional facility is one of only a few nationwide.

The Early Childhood Resource Center opens in Canton, Ohio, developed through an initiative of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton to promote quality child care.


The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine open Centering Space in Lakewood, Ohio. The restful site invites other to come for prayer, listening and direction.


The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine receive Vatican approval of their request for the Catholic Church to recognize the Sisters of Charity Health System as a Public Juridic Person of pontifical right (PJP). This action shifts corporate decision-making authority from the exclusive scope of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine to the new PJP, which is governed by both sisters and laity. For the first time, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine officially share sponsorship of their health and human service ministries with lay people.