Our founders and our partners in the ministry of healing, The Sisters of St. Joseph Third Order of St. Francis, came to Garfield Heights in 1908 to fulfill their teaching mission for Polish youth here. In 1926 they opened an all-girl high school named St. Joseph Academy which became Marymount High School and today is co-ed Trinity High School. Marymount Hospital followed in 1949, later adding a Mental Health Center, a School of Practical Nursing, the Medical Office Building, and, in 1995 affiliating with Cleveland Clinic. The Sisters didn’t stop there. Continuing to respond to the needs of the area they added Marymount Place (104 apartment suites for assisted living) in 1988 and Villa St. Joseph (skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, memory care and Palliative care) in 2007.

In the center of it all is the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa a place of pilgrimage. It is a blessed reminder of Mary’s own service to our Lord which enflames the hearts of the Sisters. Our Lady of Czestochowa is well known in Poland. Saint Pope John Paul II came to visit the Shrine and blessed the Sisters prior to being elected Pope.

We strive to live our mission daily:

“…to provide excellent health care guided by the Christian values of service, compassion, dignity and respect.”

Marymount ERD Partners | Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital

The Mission Committee of the Board of Trustees of Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital oversees the catholicity of Marymount by assuring that we live our Mission and fulfill the spirit and requirements of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.

The work of the Mission Committee of the Board of Trustees includes:

  • Assuring compliance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services throughout Marymount Hospital and its facilities.
  • Annually conducting a Mission Audit and preparing an annual Mission Report.
  • Supporting and advocating for Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital’s Catholic religious mission.
  • Working with the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis on Leadership formation.
  • Supporting the Pastoral Care Department and its related initiatives.
  • Advocating for the health care needs of the community as part of the Hospital’s strategic initiatives.

What are the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs)?

The ERDs, a document of US Conference of Catholic Bishops, are the standards of behavior and practice everyone affiliated with Marymount must meet.

They include:

  • A hospital’s social responsibility.
  • Pastoral and spiritual responsibilities.
  • Professional-patient relationships.
  • Issues in care for the beginning of life.
  • Issues in care for the seriously ill and dying.
  • Collaborative arrangements with other health care organizations and providers.

The ERDs is a document of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Mission Effectiveness Committee assists the Director of Pastoral Care in meeting the annual goals of the Mission Committee. Contact the Director of Pastoral Care at 216-587-8141.

Ethical Questions

Ethical Questions

Reporting ERD non-compliance or simply asking questions

If you have a question about the ERDs, or need to report an incident of possible non-compliance, complete the form below. You may remain anonymous or provide your name. If you would like to receive a response from a member of the Marymount Hospital Pastoral Care team, please include your name and phone number or email.