St. Vincent Charity Medical Center to host Mass and open house celebrating 60 years of addiction treatment at Rosary Hall

by Editor Monday, October 01, 2012

Rosary Hall at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center concludes its 60th anniversary year with a special Mass and Open House on Tuesday, October 16. The public is invited to share in this special event.

The event begins with Mass at 2 p.m. in the Holy Trinity Chapel at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.  Fr. Jim O’Donnell, cousin of Sister Ignatia Gavin, CSA, founder of Rosary Hall, will celebrate Mass. Immediately following Rosary Hall will host an open house with refreshments and an opportunity to meet staff and learn more about this legacy program of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine (CSA).

“For 60 years, Rosary Hall has provided treatment, support and hope for persons and families affected by addiction,” said David F. Perse, MD, president and CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. “We are proud of the great work being done to help individuals find freedom from addiction and invite the public to celebrate with us this historic program and its great work.”

Since its opening in 1952, Rosary Hall has welcomed more than 62,000 patients seeking addiction treatment through its doors. It was the first hospital-based treatment program designed to treat the disease of alcoholism. Sister Ignatia worked closely with Dr. Robert Smith, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron and again at St. Vincent Charity, to establish the program.

Today Rosary Hall includes a 17-bed inpatient detoxification unit, intensive outpatient program, individualized counseling, after-care, family programs, case-managed transition into community and support networks and medication-assisted treatment. Annually it treats about 1,500 patients. Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, Rosary Hall offers convenient access to care for those living and working in the city as well as its surrounding suburbs.

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