Celebrating a Milestone

10th-year-anniversaryDuring April, a couple of significant milestones were achieved.

April 18 marked the 10th anniversary of the founding of Capella Healthcare. While the official date of the company’s founding is only a decade ago, each of our hospitals has served their respective communities significantly longer than 10 years.  From Highlands Medical Center at 111 and Southwestern Medical Center at 108 to our youngest, Capital Medical Center at just 30, our hospitals have a total of 810 combined years of service, representing an average of 73 years of service each.

More significantly, each year more than 6,500 associates and 1,300 affiliated physicians are providing care for more than 750,000 patient encounters.  That’s amazing when you step back and really consider what an incredible privilege that reflects!

The other milestone?  I just turned 50.  Turning the big 5-0 is one of those birthdays where folks tend to get a little introspective as they consider the “sunset” ahead of them. As I’ve been reflecting on my half century of existence, I’m even more aware of the many ways in which I’ve been blessed personally.

  • What an honor it is to be able to serve with you at this unique family we call Capella.  Even with the numerous industry challenges, our hospitals have made significant and sustained progress and been recognized for their quality, service and “best workplace” accomplishments. And Capella has been recognized nationally for our growth.
  • Dan Slipkovich and Michael Wiechart

    A new leadership award was established in honor of Founder and Executive Board Chair Dan Slipkovich in 2014, in association with Capella’s 10th year of service. It is designed to recognize an associate whose leadership style and achievements demonstrate the integrity and commitment he exemplifies. Read more about the inaugural award presentation last summer to Rosemari Davis of Willamette Valley Medical Center.

    What a privilege it has been to have so many colleagues and mentors who’ve been willing to invest in me personally… no one more than our founder Dan Slipkovich, now serving as Executive Board Chair, who has been a mentor of mine for most of my 25 years in healthcare.  In fact, I’ve worked for Dan in three different companies.  And, I wouldn’t be here at Capella now without his leadership, encouragement and support.

  • What a blessing it is to have the love and support of my family.  My first blogs were about my most important mentors – my mom and dad.  And now, every single day I am inspired and motivated by my wonderful wife Lisa and two daughters Alexandra and Audrey, who support me even though my job often takes me away from home.
Mike, Lisa and daughters

Mike and Lisa, along with their daughters, participated in the Viva La Diva race in Franklin, benefitting Fifty Forward.

Not a lot of people know this, but when I was younger, I seriously considered going into the ministry. Eventually, I came to realize that my true “calling” was to be a husband and father and to serve in health care.  I believe as we serve others – using the talents, skills, wisdom and experiences our Creator gave us to their fullest extent – we are living out our calling. It’s just icing on the cake (thinking about birthdays here) when you can do this at a company like Capella where you think of your co-workers as friends and family… at a place where, no matter what significant changes may impact the health care industry, our values and priorities will remain unchanged.

Celebrating milestones gives us the opportunity to express our appreciation to those who are making a difference.   And, so to everyone who has made a difference in my life, and – more importantly – to all of those making a difference every day in the lives of those we serve, please accept my genuine and humble thanks. I look forward to continuing to serve with you as – together – we continue to live out our mission.  Finally, it is my hope that, whatever milestones you are celebrating this year, you will be able to see the blessings all around you.

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