Providence Care Centers is a member of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), and Franciscan Living Communities (FLC) (the long-term care ministry of Catholic Health Initiatives.)

The nation’s second-largest nonprofit health system, CHI operates in 19 states and comprises 102 hospitals, including four academic health centers and major teaching hospitals and 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. As part of CHI, Providence Care Centers is guided by the Mission and Values as set forth by our sponsors, committed to delivering high quality healthcare services.

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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.

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.