Sisters of Charity plan health campus around St. Vincent hospital in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland’s Sisters of Charity Foundation plans to build a health campus in the Central neighborhood to provide medical and social services around the St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.
The charities and government departments involved control over 17 acres in the area of East 22nd Street Hospital. The hope is that the development will also help the entire neighborhood.
The hospital will anchor the development that will be known as the St. Vincent Charity Health Campus.
“We hope this campus becomes a truly wonderful destination for this community,” said Susannah Krey, senior vice president of the Sisters of Charity Health Systems and president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland.
As part of their planning, Sisters of Charity hired the Boston-based MASS Design Group to develop plans. The company will first speak to residents and executives from organizations in the area to determine what services are needed.
A press release stated that the design process aims to “address social determinants, poverty and racial segregation, and upward mobility”.
Krey said MASS Design will stop collecting feedback by the end of this year. Then the company creates a plan for the campus.
Sister Judith Ann Karam, community leader for the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and former president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health Systems, said the plans are in line with the 170-year track record of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine in Cleveland much of it involves work for the poor. St. Vincent, built in 1865, is the symbol of the city first permanent general hospital.
It is hoped that other organizations providing education and health services will locate near the hospital.
Karam and Krey have not given a timetable for the expansion of the campus. Karam also said the charity does not yet know how much it will cost to develop the campus.
“Our expectation, however, is that the funding will come,” said Karam. “The opportunity will come because many donors are interested. They acknowledge that social determinants have an interest in people’s success in achieving health. “
While organizations have been planning the health campus for some time, Krey said the coronavirus pandemic, which has left many people in isolation, has exposed the need for additional mental health services among the populations they care for.
“The idea is really steeped in the challenges the community saw around COVID,” Krey said in an interview. “COVID has so exposed the health disparities the community has experienced, especially our black and brown neighbors.”