St. Vincent Charity board adopts 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment

by Editor Thursday, December 29, 2016

CLEVELAND, OH—(December 29, 2016)—St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s commitment to the community it serves is sharpened through its deepened understanding of the breadth and type of health needs present in the community. The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) serves as a quantitative and qualitative tool to identify the greatest health needs within our community and where the hospital can have the greatest impact.The full report is available here.

The 2016 CHNA was completed by The Center for Health Affairs working with St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and adopted by the St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Board of Directors on December 7, 2016.

The 2016 St. Vincent Charity Medical Center CHNA will serve as a foundation for developing an implementation strategy to address those needs that (a) the hospital determines it is able to meet in whole or in part; (b) are otherwise part of its mission; and (c) are not met (or are not adequately met) by other programs and services in the hospital’s market area. 

This assessment considered multiple data sources, some primary (survey of market area residents, hospital discharge data) and some secondary (regarding demographics, health status indicators, and measures of health care access).

The report provides the following information:

  • ·         A demographic profile of the hospital’s primary and secondary market areas;
  • ·         Description of the economic status of the population, as a whole, within the hospital’s primary and second market areas (e.g.  poverty, unemployment);
  • ·         Community issues which are either related to health and/or access to health care;
  • ·         Health status indicators (e.g. morbidity rates for various diseases and conditions, and mortality rates for leading causes of death);
  • ·         Health access indicators (e.g. uninsured rates, ambulatory care sensitive (ACS) discharges, and use of emergency departments);
  • ·         An outline of the types of health issues related to hospitalization, both in St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and in other area hospitals;
  • ·         Availability of community-based health care facilities and resources.

After a thorough analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center through its Community Benefit Steering Committee identified the following health needs that impact the community served by the hospital as its priorities for the 2017-2019 period. These include:

·         Access to mental health and addiction services

·         Obesity and food insecurity

·         Quality of care focusing on culturally appropriate care, health literacy and access

Work has begun on a three-year strategic implementation plan that will be presented to the St. Vincent Charity Board of Directors for approval in April 2017.

For more information about community benefit, the Community Health Needs Assessment or the CHNA Strategic Implementation Plan, please contact Wendy Hoke, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at 

Rosary Hall offering a free educational session on addiction

by Editor Thursday, December 22, 2016

Does a loved one use heroin, pain pills, marijuana, alcohol or other drugs? If so, there is help and there is hope. If you are concerned, plan to attend our FREE educational sessions held the second and fourth Saturday of the month, beginning January 14, 2017.

Addiction is a brain disease that can be treated. Our educational sessions, held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Rosary Hall, located on the second floor of the West Administration Building on the St. Vincent Charity campus, will help families better understand addiction.

Complimentary parking is available. Lunch is NOT included, but is available in the hospital cafeteria.

Registration is required. Please call Joyce Pleasant at 216-363-2609 or 216-363-2580 ext. 4 to register. You can also email


Tips to enjoy an injury-free summer

by Editor Thursday, June 09, 2016


Summer is upon us, rather suddenly it seems. A snowstorm in late May gave way to what so far has been beautiful weather. Nowhere is this more evident than on the roads and in the parks around Greater Cleveland. 

Our summers are short, so when the opportunity presents itself, we hit the outdoors with a vengeance. Almost overnight the bike lanes are filled up with bicyclists. Joggers are everywhere. The municipal tennis courts are filled, and a golf tee time becomes more difficult to find. 

Even performing yard work—not traditionally thought of as an athletic endeavor—stresses muscles, tendons and joints that have not been stressed since the last days of autumn. As we rush to enjoy the outdoors, and get in some physical activity, hopefully some common sense advice can keep you out of my office. 

As we age, our muscles aren’t as pliable as they were when we were younger. That makes them more prone to muscle strains which can occur as a result of repetitive overuse. This is even more so early in the season, particularly if we haven’t been physically active over the cold winter months.

A gentle stretching regimen will prepare the muscles for physical exertion, and can be done before as well as after the physical activity. Plan to increase your exertion gradually. Rather than going out on that first five mile hike, perhaps a couple of one mile hikes might help to build endurance and strength, as you work yourself up to mid-season form. 

The same applies to yard work. Rather than raking your entire yard of winter debris, break it down into smaller increments. If you find that you have overdone it, and feel aches or pains, do not try to work through it. “No pain, no gain” does not apply to recreational athletes, and certainly does not apply to yard work.

Stop performing the activity that is causing pain. Ice may be applied to the affected body part, and can help to diminish swelling. An elastic wrap, if applicable, can also help to diminish swelling and provide support. Elevation can help to alleviate swelling as well. Over the counter anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen can be taken as directed if concurrent medical conditions do not preclude their use. Hopefully these simple tips can help keep you out of my office and enjoying yourself outdoors.

Dr. Matthew Levy, orthopedic surgeon at the Spine and Orthopedic Institute at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Solon, specializes in general orthopedics and sports medicine. For a consultation, call 440-248-1297.


Advice for marathoners preparing for the Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon

by Editor Friday, May 13, 2016


This weekend is the Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon, so in advance of the race Dr. George Friedhoff, sports medicine physician at the Spine and Orthopedic Institute at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and a marathoner himself, offers some important tips to stay healthy and improve performance.

Hydration is key and not just on race day. Adequate fluid replacement should start 24 hours prior to the start of the race and continue 24-48 hours after the race. In general, you should consume 120-180 ml of fluid every 15 minutes during the race. Do not skip the appropriately placed water stations on the course.

Avoid long runs the day before the race. You don’t want to show up to the starting line too sore to finish the race. A short run of no more than 3-5 miles at 75 percent of your average pace the day before the race is appropriate but not necessary. Trust your training and hard work. You are prepared!

Complex carbohydrate meal the night before the race is important. Refined carbs in sports drinks and energy gels are not as advantageous as whole foods prior to the race. A good spaghetti dinner is really the best choice. Avoid a heavy meal the morning of the race. A banana with peanut butter is a good option about 30-60 minutes before the start of the race.

Good luck, runners!


#GetCovered through the Health Insurance Marketplace

by Editor Thursday, November 05, 2015

Open enrollment of the Health Insurance Marketplace began on November 1st—are you covered?

A navigator from the Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership is now on-site at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center to help people learn about their options for health insurance through the marketplace. Open enrollment runs from November 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016.

The navigator is available by appointment only on Mondays and Wednesday from 10 am - 4 p.m. in St. Vincent Charity’s Health Care Clinic. To make an appointment, call 216.206.6419 or email