Xavier Magazine

Profile: Vince Caponi

Bachelor of Arts in History, 1972 CEO, St. Vincent Health, Indianapolis

Network Builder | Caponi has served as chief executive officer of St. Vincent Health since 1998. During his tenure, St. Vincent has grown from a campus in Indianapolis into a statewide network that is the sixth-largest employer in Indiana. In August, St. Vincent’s parent organization, Ascension Health, named Caponi ministry market leader for the state. He is now responsible for 20 hospitals, more that more 15,000 employees and $2.5 billion in revenue.

Volunteer I | Caponi’s volunteer activities are legion. He is a former chair of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and is incoming chair for United Way of Central Indiana. He is active with the Boy Scouts of America, and has served on the executive committee of Central Indiana’s Crossroads of America Council for the past eight years.

Peer Recognition | Caponi recently received the Indiana Hospital Association’s 2007 Distinguished Service Awards. The award is given annually to a hospital chief executive in recognition of outstanding achievement and dedication to an organization, its patients, the community and the profession. “To be selected by your peers for any award always carries a special designation and meaning. It’s very humbling. Sometimes you don’t see yourself that way. I feel very honored.”

Volunteer II | Caponi is also active in the Indiana Health Exchange; is chairman of the board for Health Advantage, an HMO; serves on the board for Xavier’s health services administration program; and is a trustee for St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind.

Tend the Gardens | While at Xavier, Caponi worked as a proctor in Brockman Hall and as a bartender at Dana Gardens. But it’s the Jesuits who had a lasting impact. “I think Jesuit education says to each one that ‘You are unique; nobody has the same talents.’ The Jesuits really searched for that in each of us. You went through search inside yourself, then they raised the bar.”

Healthy Outlook | Caponi worked for several companies after graduation, but his life dramatically changed direction when a family friend offered him a job in health care. Four-and-a-half years later, Caponi found himself head of a 66-bed community hospital in western Michigan. He then headed St. Joseph Hospital in August, Ga., and St. Vincent Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., before moving to Indianapolis in 1998.

One for All | Caponi cites the concept of men and women for others as key to his success. “Of course we do work for ourselves, but the responsibility to do it for others has been a real drive in my career. At the end of the day, we’re doing what we do for patients. Patients and families are at the core of all we do.”

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