About Us


Vincentian Collaborative System is a Catholic not-for-profit health care and human services organization that coordinates three senior care communities in the greater Pittsburgh, PA area – Vincentian Home, Vincentian de Marillac and Marian Manor.

Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, these ministries offer a continuum of care for more than 500 seniors, including independent living, personal care, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing. Vincentian also operates Vincentian Villa, an independent living community in the North Hills, a charitable foundation and two child care centers.

The Vincentian system traces its history back to the Holy Rosary Cottage founded in McCandless by the Sisters in 1924 to serve 24 residents. Today, VCS employs more than 800 people in Western Pennsylvania, providing high-quality, rewarding jobs that emphasize compassionate care in the tradition of the Sisters.



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Mission & Values
Mission
Compelled by the love of Christ, Vincentian Collaborative System nurtures and sustains a ministry of compassionate care that preserves the human dignity of persons within a diverse and changing society.
Values
  • Spirituality
  • Compassion
  • Dignity
  • Quality
  • Stewardship
  • Advocacy
  • Collaboration

Leadership

Vincentian Administrative Leadership

Nick Vizzoca
President and Chief Executive Officer

Susan Lewandowski, NHA
Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Edward J. Newett Jr., CPA
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Mary D. Craig, MLLS, CHC, CHCP
Vice President, Corporate Compliance

Patricia Embree
Vice President, Innovation & Decision Support

Karen J. Kutzer, CFRE
Vice President, Advancement

Sr. LaVerne Sihelnik, SCN
Vice President, Mission Integration


Member Ministries Leadership

Lisa Pindilli
Director, Marian Manor Child Care

Jennifer Pruett, NHA
Administrator, Vincentian de Marillac

Linda Parkinson, OTR/L
Director, Vincentian Rehabilitation Services

Sr. Mary Ann Genovich, SCN, NHA

Administrator, Vincentian Regency

Laurie Cannella, NHA
Interim Administrator, Vincentian Home

Susan Lewandowski, NHA
Administrator, Marian Manor

Jill Paragi

Director, Vincentian Child Development Center

Amanda Topnick

Administrator, Vincentian Home Personal Care

Larry Hayward

Manager, Vincentian Villa Independent Living Community

Vincentian Board of Directors

Mark Stadler
Chairperson

Rosemary Hanrahan
Vice Chairperson

Kimberly Griffith
Treasurer

Sr. Donna Smith, SHS
Secretary

Christopher Azzara
Mary Ann Bell
Raymond Buehler
Sheila Burke
William Congelio
Sally Cunningham
Sr. Sarah Geier, SCN
Robert Gallo
Terry Hart
Gretchen Jezerc
Sr. Mary Elizabeth Miller, SCN
Rebecca O'Connor
Mark Thompson
Anthony Turo
Thomas Zahren

Sr. Grace Fabich, SHS
Ex-Officio

Nick Vizzoca
Ex-Officio

Vincentian Charitable Foundation

Board of Directors


Dan Kunz
Chairperson

Raymond Schutzman
Vice Chairperson

Kimberly Gannon
Treasurer

Sr. Diane Smith, SHS
Secretary

R. Joseph Federowicz

Anita Knott

Robert Taskey

Nick Vizzoca
Ex-Officio

Vincentian Child Development Center

Board of Directors


Virginia Riegner
Chairperson

Sr. Corrine Giel, SCN
Vice Chairperson

Sr. Patricia Myers, SHS
Treasurer

Sr. Dorothy Dolak

Nick Vizzoca, Ex-Officio


History

The Vincentian system traces its history back to the Holy Rosary Cottage founded in McCandless by the Sisters in 1924 to serve 24 residents.
 
Important Dates:

1812
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth were founded out of the need to provide religious education for children of more than a thousand Catholic families who had migrated to Kentucky from Maryland after the Revolutionary War. Father John Baptist David sought women willing to devote their lives to the service of the Church. From six that responded, Catherine Spalding was elected first superior of the Congregation. The Sisters moved to Nazareth, KY and built Nazareth Academy to accommodate one hundred boarders.

1830s
SCN Sisters opened Presentation Academy in Louisville, KY — the first Catholic school in the city, then St. Vincent Orphanage and St. Joseph Infirmary to care for Cholera victims and orphans of the epidemic, firsts among their institutions of social service and health care.

1860s
SCN Sisters nursed wounded and dying soldiers on both sides of the Civil War in Kentucky military hospitals. President Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter regarding the SCNs during the war.

1902
Vincentian Sisters of Charity in Pittsburgh, PA were founded when the original six VSC Sisters emigrated to the United States from Szatmar, Austria-Hungary to minister to the enormous numbers of recent Slovak immigrants. Within two years, the parishioners of St. Michael's built them a small convent. Local girls interested in a religious life began to inquire about entering the order. A few years later A VSC novitiate was established and the first postulant in America was admitted.

1915
VSC purchased land in Pittsburgh’s North Hills for a larger facility to accommodate increased activities and membership of the Community. A new motherhouse was dedicated.

1940s
Six SCN Sisters opened a hospital and clinic in India to treat people with leprosy which lead to advancing adult education, encouraging community development, overseeing programs for the disabled, helping to empower and educate women and families and other groundbreaking programs. The first of many global ventures.

1950s
SCN congregation members were engaged in two colleges, more than 30 high schools, and over a 100 elementary schools. Countless children were given homes in six orphanages, and thousands of patients received care in 12 hospitals. Six nurses’ training schools extended the SCN service.

1960s
During the Civil Rights movement SCN Sisters were recognized for their work in try to bring equality to all.

1970s
SCN Sisters began outreach in Belize, Central America and open ministries in Nepal.

1980s
SCN Sisters were among the first in Kentucky to open up their nursing home to AIDS patients — changing the law to make it possible. Since 1986, Nazareth Home has offered long-term care for persons with AIDS and support for their families.

1990s
Four SCNs served on the founding board of directors for the first non-profit in Kentucky serving women and children with AIDS, the House of Ruth. The Mission Statement of the SCN General Assembly formally proclaimed the international nature of the Congregation and ministry in a multicultural world. The Sisters and Associates commit themselves to work for justice in solidarity with oppressed peoples, especially the economically poor and women and to care for the earth.

2000s
SCN Sisters began ministry in Botswana, Africa. Vincentian Sisters of Charity Sisters in Pittsburgh and Sisters of Charity of Nazareth of Kentucky merge.