Walking through the front doors of Regina Health Center, you are immediately faced with the stunning view of the chapel. Not only is the chapel central to the layout of the building, but it is central to the rhythm of life at Regina.
Regina Health Center, located on the Mount Augustine Campus in Richfield Ohio, was founded in 1993 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine to take care of religious men, women and lay people who wish to live in a God-centered environment.
“One of the biggest myths that I need to bust is that you don’t have to be a religious sister or a priest to come here,” said Mark Yantek, Executive Director of Regina Health Center. “We have a lot of religious here, but from the beginning the mission has always been to continue the healing ministry of Jesus for members of religious communities, clergy as well as lay people,” continued Mark.
Since its founding in the early 90s Regina has been home to religious members from 22 different orders. However many lay people choose to live at Regina because they seek a sense of community and wish to live among priests and nuns in this holy environment. “We also have a number of non-Catholics and non-Christians who come here because the location may be convenient to them or because they seek the quality of care that Regina is known for,” added Mark. “We have always had excellent survey results, great family satisfaction as well as devoted and caring staff members with great staffing ratios.”
Regina offers short and long-term care along with a variety of services dedicated to helping their residents feel at home. They currently have 101 skilled nursing beds, 54 assisted living units, physical, occupational and speech therapy and a memory support unit. Along with all of the regular services and activities you would come to expect with a continuum of care, Regina also has daily Mass, daily rosary, pastoral ministers, common prayer and regular pastoral care.
The services are not the only thing that attracts residents and visitors alike, the building and grounds themselves contribute to the overall experience. Regina is also host to many parishes who rent their space for meetings as well as retreat groups. Simply walking around the expansive grounds and lovingly tended gardens of Regina offers a reflective and retreat like experience.
Regina Health Center is a unique concept that was made possible only through the collaborative efforts of the religious communities in Cleveland. “There really is nothing like this multi-congregation concept in the country, when most priests and religious retire they are taken care of by their own orders. Here in Cleveland the Catholic footprint of women religious and clergy is so prominent and so strong that it is a much more collective community,” said Mark.
Religion plays a prominent role in the fabric of life at Regina, and the sense of community and faith is palpable from the moment one enters this welcoming and holy space. If you or a loved one is interested in their services, or perhaps you are a member of a parish or retreat group that would like to rent their space, stop by and pay their campus a visit. To schedule a visit, call 330-659-4161 or visit them online at www.reginahealthcenter.org.
Or, take a look at this video by the Sisters of Charity Health System celebrating 20 years at Regina Health Center!