It was always Angie Saporito’s dream and ultimate career goal to serve as administrator for her hometown hospital. Now that dream is coming true a lot sooner than she imagined.
Saporito will take over the reins of Mercy Hospital Columbus in February. She’s been preparing for this role for the past 10 years as she’s gained experience through a variety of other jobs within Mercy.
“Whether it’s planning community events, handling accounts payable, coordinating purchasing or hiring new co-workers, I’ve been blessed to do it all,” said Saporito, who is replacing Cindy Neely. Neely recently retired after a nearly 35-year career with Mercy, spending the last 20 as administrator in Columbus.
Saporito’s career began at Mercy Hospital Joplin as the public affairs coordinator, but when a position opened up at Mercy’s Columbus hospital, she jumped at the chance to work in her hometown. “My job then involved so many different pieces,” she said. “I handled human resources, payroll, purchasing and community events. I loved how I was able to help everyone else care for our patients.”
In 2012, Mercy needed Saporito in a different role. Just a few weeks before the one-year anniversary of the Joplin tornado, she stepped in as media relations specialist for Mercy Hospital Joplin.
“News outlets were very focused on that anniversary, and we knew we needed someone special in place,” said Nancy Corbett, executive director of Mercy Media Relations and Social Media. “With her positive energy and tireless commitment to helping Mercy and the community rebuild, Angie was the perfect fit.”
Now, Saporito’s hometown will benefit from that same can-do spirit.
“Angie is really remarkable and she will bring new ideas and lots of energy to the Columbus community and our hospital,” said Gary Pulsipher, president of Mercy Hospital Joplin. “People already know Angie and love her in this community. She is Mercy through and through.”
“I’m just so honored to be entrusted with such an important role,” Saporito said. “I’m committed to this community and to bringing the people I know and love even better health care. I can’t wait to get started.”