The History of St. Augustine Health Ministries
St. Augustine Manor began with a proposal by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Michael B. Ivanko, Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities. A recognized authority on aging, Msgr. Ivanko directed the planning, programming and construction of the state-of-the-art facility. Catholic Charities raised $4.4 million to fund the project through its Annual Appeal. In October 1969, the Diocese of Cleveland welcomed its first residents to St. Augustine Manor, a 167-bed nursing and extended care facility located on Detroit Avenue.
During the 1980’s St. Augustine Manor residents’ needs became increasingly specialized and complex. As hospital stays shortened, St. Augustine Manor filled the needs of people who required sub-acute care, which is more complex than traditional nursing care. An increasingly diverse group of patients and residents from age 18 to over 100 years old were being treated for a variety of injuries and illnesses from brain injuries to post-surgical recovery. As services expanded to meet these changes, it became evident that St. Augustine Manor was outgrowing its building.
The closing of St. John Hospital in 1990, located directly across the street from St. Augustine, was a great blow to the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. Residents and community leaders were thrilled when St. Augustine demonstrated its commitment to the neighborhood and the people it serves by renovating the hospital building and relocating there, rather than to a suburban site.
In 1991, the first new program St. Augustine opened in the renovated facility was the Caritas Program, a pioneering long-term care program in Ohio dedicated to meeting the needs of AIDS/HIV patients. One of only two long- term care facilities in Ohio with a specific program established to provide this complex, resource intensive care, the Caritas Program served as a model across the nation for providers considering providing AIDS/HIV care. In addition to long-term care, new specialty programs including the Bruening Rehabilitation Program and a Wound Care Program expanded services to 248 individuals.
Assisted Living at the Towers: St. Augustine Manor and Catholic Charities renovated the building St. Augustine Manor vacated, once again demonstrating its dedication to the neighborhood. In 1996,the Manor’s services expanded with the addition of assisted living apartments, known as the Towers. The Towers provides 100 affordable assisted living residences to seniors 55+. It was also during this time that the Manor and the Towers became known as St. Augustine Health Campus.
Child Enrichment Center was opened in the Manor in 1999, in response to the needs primarily of staff. As a licensed early learning center, the center cares for children from 6 weeks to five years old, in addition to a summer school age program. Due to the demand from the community for quality child care, the Child Enrichment Center expanded three times and is licensed to care for up to 84 children.
Holy Family Home became part of the St. Augustine family in 2005. Founded in 1956 by the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne (New York) as one of seven homes throughout the nation caring for individuals with incurable cancer, Holy Family was the prototype for hospice care in the Cleveland area before the word “hospice” was known. When the Dominican Sisters announced their retirement, they worked with the Diocese of Cleveland and Catholic Charities to turn over ownership and management of Holy Family to St. Augustine.
One year later (2006), Holy Family expanded services to individuals diagnosed with any life-limiting illness. As the trends began to change and people wanted to be cared for in their home, Holy Family Hospice began offering the choice of Hospice services either at the inpatient facility (Holy Family Home) or in their homes, assisted living or skilled nursing facilities.
Emerald Village Senior Living was developed in 2007 through a collaborative effort between Catholic Charities, St. Augustine and Vista Prairie Communities. Located in North Olmsted, Emerald Village houses 100 independent living units and 30 assisted living units for active seniors 55+.
Holy Family Home Care was born in 2010 to provide continuity of care for those in need of personal or private duty care who want to remain independent in their own home. Home health care provides Medicare skilled services while care at home is for those in need of private duty non-clinical assistance.
In 2011, St. Augustine began providing congregate and home delivered meals to approximately 200 home bound seniors in the Detroit Shoreway and Broadway/Slavic Village neighborhoods through the Older Adults Program.