CEO aims for 'great hospital'

Louis Caputo

Summerville Medical Center's new chief executive officer found the Charleston area the right prescription for his career and family.

Louis Caputo, 34, looked at the size of the 94-bed acute care hospital, its location in the suburban Charleston setting, the culture of the community and the school system for his three young children.

"I was attracted to it, so I pursued it," he said by phone Thursday from Tampa, Fla., where he was packing up for the move to Summerville. "It's a true community hospital."

Caputo took over the role of chief executive officer at Summerville Medical Center earlier this month, after serving nearly three years as chief operating officer at South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center near Tampa, hospital operator Trident Health System announced Thursday.

Caputo started with the hospital's parent health system, Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Inc., in 2001 and has served in a number of capacities.

One particular aspect that attracted Caputo to Summerville Medical Center is its women's services line for pregnant patients, births and neonatal care.

Caputo said the leadership at Trident Health System also was a determining factor. He said he wants to improve the quality of services and service offerings at Summerville Medical Center.

"I look forward to taking it from being a good hospital to it being a great hospital," he said.

Caputo has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of the South and a master's in business administration from Belmont University.

Caputo replaces PJ Johnson, who resigned in May after being asked to relocate or accept early retirement. She chose the latter after working with Trident Health System for 14 years, two of those as CEO of Summerville Medical Center.