St. Augustine Health Ministries’ Holy Family Home Celebrates 60 Years of Service
Greater Cleveland Hospice and Home Care Sets Standard for Caring
Cleveland, OH – May 4, 2016 – Throughout the past 59 years, tens of thousands of Greater Clevelanders have relied upon the people and services of Holy Family Home. And today, St. Augustine Health Ministries’ Holy Family Hospice celebrates its 60th Anniversary.
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 of Holy Family to St. Augustine.
Holy Family provides home health care and residential and community-based end-of-life care for patients of all faiths and assists families in caring for a loved one with reverence and dignity at the most vulnerable time in life’s journey. Holy Family became part of the St. Augustine Health Ministries in 2004 and expanded in 2006 to include community hospice for all 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 their in-patient facility, Holy Family Home, or wherever a person calls home – their homes, assisted living or skilled nursing facility, explained St. Augustine CEO Rick Meserini.
“Our core belief is that life is precious, and that each individual deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and that the professional care we provide be defined by its compassion and attention to a higher purpose,” Meserini says. “Our continuum of care celebrates and empowers each person to live a life of purpose, independence, and well-being. Our patients, residents and all we serve are our first responsibility. We provide our services with love, skill, compassion and respect for all human dignity.”
About St. Augustine Health Ministries
A service of the Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland, St. Augustine Health Ministries has three facilities in Greater Cleveland – St Augustine Health Campus, Holy Family Home Health Care & Hospice and Emerald Village Senior Living – and offers home health care services, early education & day care, skilled nursing & rehabilitation, independent and assisted living, hospice care and other specialized services. Our continuum of care celebrates and empowers each person to live a life of purpose, independence, and well-being. Skilled, compassionate services are provided regardless of race, creed, religion or finances. More information can be accessed at www.StAugMinistries.org or by calling 216-634-7400.
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