The Cleveland-based hospital system known since 1982 as the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System has dropped St. Augustine from the title and introduced a new logo.
Sisters of Charity Health System, as its now called, operates two hospitals in South Carolina and holds 50% stakes in three Ohio hospitals in partnership with University Hospitals of Cleveland.
The name and logo were effective Aug. 28, the date of the feast of St. Augustine.
Surveys in the areas where Sisters of Charity has been active in an array of charitable activities outside of its hospitals revealed little public awareness that the pursuits were the work of a single organization, according to a news release. We feel the shorter name and updated logo will help us to better communicate these stories, board chairman Terrence Kessler said in the release.
The identity makeover comes on the heels of a change in sponsorship that the Vatican approved in June, which calls for a panel including lay members to make decisions for the system.
Sisters of Charity in the 1990s entered into joint ventures involving four-hospitals with the company now called HCA. The joint venture unraveled in 1999. -- by Gregg Blesch