Our sponsors, the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio have played an active role in the healthcare ministry in Sandusky for more than 80 years. And, through Sylvania Franciscan Health, and Franciscan Living Communities (FLC), (the long-term care ministry of Sylvania Franciscan Health) currently oversee organizations in Ohio, Kentucky and Texas including six hospitals, seven long-term care facilities, four assisted living facilities, independent senior housing, a counseling center, and a domestic violence shelter.
It all started in 1916, when a small group of 23 Franciscan Sisters from Rochester, Minnesota, came to the Toledo Diocese at the request of Bishop Joseph Schrembs to teach in the parochial schools. At that time, Sister Mary Adelaide Sandusky, OSF, was appointed Provincial Superior of the new group and given the title ‘Mother’. Two years later the Bishop asked the Sisters to expand their ministry into healthcare by caring for influenza victims and their families.
Since then, the Sisters have served in a variety of healthcare situations, whether it was nursing, administration, or hospital ownership and operation. When their services were no longer needed, they moved on to serve elsewhere.
Today, the Sylvania Franciscan Sisters continue their efforts as healthcare providers and educators. They have expanded their ministries to include social work, health care administration, law, art, adult education, film production, drug rehabilitation, pastoral care, diocesan directorship, retreat facilitation, parish staffing and much more. Providence Care Centers is proud to be one of the Sylvania Franciscans’ sponsored organizations, along with Sylvania Franciscan Health’s other member organizations, Lourdes University and Sylvania Franciscan Academy.
The experience and expertise of the Franciscan Sisters, Sylvania Franciscan Health and FLC not only enhances the values-centered service we provide, but ensures that Providence Care Centers is well positioned to continue this legacy into the future.