Breanne Cavileer named executive director of Light of Hearts Villa

The boards and leadership of the Sisters of Charity Health System and Light of Hearts Villa have named Breanne Cavileer as the executive director of Light of Hearts Villa, a faith-based senior living community offering independent and assisted living, memory care, and respite care in Bedford, Ohio. Light of Hearts Villa is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

The hiring of Cavileer follows the retirement of former Executive Director Elizabeth (Betty) Hickle in October. Cavileer is a licensed nursing home administrator (LNHA) and certified dementia practitioner with more than a decade of experience leading skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.

Previously, she was the executive director of Elmcroft of Medina, an assisted living and Alzheimer’s care facility.  While there, Elmcroft of Medina received deficiency-free surveys for two years in a row and received high scores in associate engagement. She also was executive director of Emeritus at Canton and the administrator at Rudwick Manor Special Care Center.

“Breanne has proven to be a skilled leader in her executive roles in Northeast Ohio and is devoted to continue our faith-based mission to provide the best possible experience to residents, family members and employees,” said Thomas J. Strauss, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System. “Betty Hickle left in place a solid leadership team and Breanne is an ideal choice to continue moving Light of Hearts Villa along the successful path Betty developed in carrying out the faith-based mission of this valuable ministry in the community.”

“The board of Light of Hearts Villa wanted to identify a new executive director that had a proven track record and could bring clinical expertise to serve the residents of Light of Hearts,” said Carol Szczepanik, board chair of Light of Hearts Villa. “Based on Breanne’s experiences and background, we are confident that she will continue to enhance services to meet the needs of our residents.”

Cavileer received a bachelor’s degree in long-term health care administration from Ohio University. The search process for a new executive director was led by a subcommittee of the Light of Hearts Villa Board of Directors with representation from the Sisters of Charity Health System and the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine.

About Light of Hearts Villa
Light of Hearts Villa serves seniors 60+ years of age of all faiths on a picturesque campus in historic Bedford, Ohio. Light of Hearts Villa specializes in independent and assisted living, short-term respite stays and memory care. Suites are spacious with full kitchenettes, 24-hour nursing assistance, chef-prepared meals and personalized support services. Light of Hearts Villa is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. More information is available at www.lightofheartsvilla.org

About the Sisters of Charity Health System
The Sisters of Charity Health System was established in 1982 as the parent corporation for the sponsored ministries of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine in Ohio and South Carolina. The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine is a congregation of women religious that, since founding in 1851, continues a faith-based legacy of high-quality, compassionate care in partnership with its co-ministers, who are the heart and hands of the ministry.

The Sisters of Charity Health System solely owns two Catholic hospitals: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio; and Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio. The health system also oversees three grantmaking foundations located in Cleveland, Canton and Columbia, South Carolina. Each foundation sponsors significant community initiatives and collaborations that address causes and consequences of poverty. Outreach organizations include Joseph’s Home, a unique residential care center for homeless men in Cleveland; Early Childhood Resource Center for people working in childcare in all settings in Canton; Healthy Learners, a health care resource for children from low-income families in South Carolina; and the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, a state-wide organization supporting initiatives to reengage fathers in the lives of their children. The Sisters of Charity Health System also provides residential elder care services at Regina Health Center in Richfield, Ohio, and Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio.

Media contact:

Rebecca L. Gallant
Vice President, Communications
Sisters of Charity Health System
O: 216.696.8408 | C: 216.288.0239


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