Statement from Councilman Richard Starr and Council President Blaine A. Griffin on St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s Decision to End Inpatient and Emergency Services
Sep 14, 2022
Cleveland (Sept. 14, 2022) - The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine founded Cleveland’s first private hospital, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, in 1865 to address the healthcare needs of residents in Central and beyond. The Sisters of Charity’s impact on Central is immeasurable. We have taken pride in knowing we have a premier medical facility in our neighborhood to address the many healthcare needs of our residents.
Earlier today, the Sisters of Charity Health System and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center announced their intention to suspend emergency and inpatient procedures at the hospital, leaving only behavioral health, primary care, and urgent care services for the community. The Sisters of Charity’s decision to end emergency and inpatient services will have an immediate and drastic impact on the health of Central and Ward 5, predominantly African American communities. The two zip codes surrounding St. Vincent Charity – zip codes 44103 and 44115 - have the lowest life expectancies of any zip code in Cleveland. This decision also impacts St. Vincent Charity hospital workers.
We are disappointed by this decision. However, as leaders, we will take every step possible to right this wrong. Cleveland is known for our world-class health institutions. We have engaged and active community health centers. We will work with these organizations to ensure there is no health care void in Ward 5. We urge the Sisters of Charity Medical Center to partner with our healthcare institutions to assist any potentially displaced workers.