Capella Healthcare: The Next Chapter

“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.”
― James C. Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t

I have long believed two things about change: first, it is inevitable and second, the best time to change is when you don’t have to. The former is a truism held by many, the latter is understood by only those rare organizations that truly understand change is not so much to be managed as it is to be achieved if an organization would dare to move from good to great.


Over the past decade, thanks to great leaders across the company, Capella has come from a just a good idea to a great company that annually makes a difference in over 800,000 lives by providing compassionate care close to home. During our first ten years, Capella has established itself as a growth-oriented healthcare system that has differentiated itself through sustained and significant progress in quality improvement and service to others. It is clearly something we all should be proud of, and yet – at the same time – can never grow content or satisfied with. We must be willing to change if we want to continue to get better and better. It is in that spirit that I am pleased to announce that effective today, Capella Healthcare has partnered with Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (MPT) to usher in its next chapter of growth, quality improvement and service to others.

Our partnership with MPT will enable Capella to continue making meaningful investments in our existing communities while partnering with even more communities. However, perhaps in the greatest “change forward,” this enables us to establish a community-based governance model that will give greater voice to our local physicians, board members and hospital leaders in setting both the agenda and expectations for the company over next decade. There will be nothing like it in the private healthcare industry, and it will make Capella better because the best ideas are always local.

So, in an industry grappling with immense change and uncertainty, there are two constants that we can count on. And that is that healthcare always has been and always will be about the patients who need care and the people who provide that care. Remaining true to and focused on these two constituents will ensure that in the midst of all the change, the mission, vision and values of Capella will remain unchanged.

Because some things can never change.

“When [what you are deeply passionate about, what you can be best in the world at and what drives your economic engine] come together, not only does your work move toward greatness, but so does your life. For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work. Perhaps, then, you might gain that rare tranquility that comes from knowing that you’ve had a hand in creating something of intrinsic excellence that makes a contribution. Indeed, you might even gain that deepest of all satisfactions: knowing that your short time here on this earth has been well spent, and that it mattered.” 
― James C. Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t


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5 thoughts on “Capella Healthcare: The Next Chapter

  1. Melissa Owens RDMS says:

    I believe change is a positive sign of growth. Proud to be part of the Capella Health organization. Looking forward to the positive changes & excited to see what the next 10 years have in store for Capella.

  2. Kelli Osborne says:

    We are in the billing dept and even though we don’t have direct face-to-face pt care, we do handle issues that have a very personal effect on the pt. We understand that the quality of a pts care does not end when they leave the hospital or clinic.
    Our billing team at Capital Medical Center is not just a group of employees—we are close friends also. We work together and help each other every day. We care about every pt who calls, and only want the best outcome for them. There is nothing like hearing a sigh of relief and gratefulness from a confused pt when we are able to work thru a problem with them. Helping pts, with the help of my “work family” makes this job the most meaningful job that I have ever had.

    Kelli Osborne/CBO
    Capital Medical Center

  3. James Chester, MSBS says:


    Congratulations on achieving a partnership that will foster many more positive changes.

    Southwestern Behavioral Health Center is proud to be a part of the Capella story, and we stand at the ready to serve those in need.

    James Chester, MSBS

  4. Delaine Bartsch says:

    Have you ever held a newborn baby before the mother or the father even saw it ,looked into those beautiful eyes and gazed into the eyes of God? Have you ever held the hand of a dying stranger ,let them know that they would soon look into the eyes of God and they would not feel the hurt and pain any more? Those are the things all of us in healthcare need to remember every day and know that we are BLESSED to be a part of such a wonderful profession weather we are at the bedside or in an office making the inner processes run like clockwork. We are all a team, a united front, a partnership! Without one, the other doesn’t run smoothly and for that all of us are VITAL and MEANINGFUL! The housekeeper is an infection control expert, the food service worker is a nutritionist, the plant operations staff are environmental specialists—-ALL of which contribute to the outcomes of those we serve just as much as the people have provide direct patient care. We cannot and should not ever forget that everyone contributes to the team and ultimately to the patient. For that, I am truly grateful and these people make my life and my chose life’s profession meaningful—EVERY DAY.

  5. Patricia Johnston says:

    “the latter is understood by only those rare organizations that truly understand change is not so much to be managed as it is to be achieved if an organization would dare to move from good to great.”
    That comment excited me. I believe in this whole heartedly, we just need to find a way to communicate this across the board. I’m here, ready, and able to help drive this when you are.

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