Responding With Compassionate Care

Ninety years ago a contingent of St. Joseph sisters from Germany arrived in the Diocese of Cleveland at the request of Bishop Schrembs. They settled on a plot of land in Euclid, Ohio and became the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Mark. Over the next nine decades they built their living legacy on that same plot of land, evolving into what we now know as Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center.

One of the most respected care facilities in Northeast Ohio, the Sisters continue to administer and operate the skilled nursing home and rehabilitation center. “I came here and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Mark in 1954,” said Mother Raphael, Administrator of Mount St. Joseph. “The original house was a rest home, we had three or four patients, and with that we just started to expand.” In 2012, under Mother Raphael’s direction, Mount St. Joseph opened its new state of the art facility, renamed Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center.

The Sisters are renowned for their dedication to compassionate care.

“Their whole philosophy is to provide compassionate care with dignity and they are especially good at it. They treat every resident and patient holistically, providing everything they need for their spiritual, physical and medical needs,” commented Heidi Shenk, Director of Marketing.

This holistic approach to care permeates everything from the services offered, the medical attention received, right down to the design of their new building. Mother Raphael herself was very involved in the construction of the new facility maintaining that everything should be accessible and create a sense of community. This was achieved with various common areas referred to as “neighborhoods,” access to outdoor gardens, a great deal of natural light and a view from every resident’s room.

Mother Raphael summarized their philosophy of care with dignity when she said,

“I believe when a patient or resident asks for something, we have an obligation to fulfill that because it means something to them and you can’t just [ignore] it.”

“We are known in the community for our excellent services including skilled nursing, short-term rehab and outpatient options, but I think it’s the presence of the sisters here that makes the difference,” added Heidi Shenk. Although there are only five Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Mark remaining, their presence is felt throughout the facility. The current census of the facility shows that approximately 80% of the residents are Catholic. However Catholics and non-Catholics alike come to Mount St. Joseph because they know that they will be treated with personal attention and exceptional care.

A sense of faith and community plays a prominent role in the fabric of life at Mount St. Joseph, and is palpable from the moment one enters this welcoming and holy space. If you or a loved one is interested in their services, schedule a visit by calling 216-531-7426 or visit them online at http://mountstjoseph.net/