St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital has named Erica Wehrmeister chief operating officer. She most recently served as executive vice president and COO at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

May 28, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital officials publicly announced Erica Wehrmeister as the health ministry's new chief operating officer, effective June 30, 2014.

For the past three years, Wehrmeister was executive vice president and chief operating officer at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Prior to her position at Lutheran Hospital, she held chief operating officer and assistant chief executive officer roles at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne. In addition, she served in a variety of Fort Wayne-based clinical and nursing positions at Orthopaedics Northeast and Parkview North Hospital.

Wehrmeister will report directly to Kyle DeFur, president of St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital.

“Erica is a dynamic, goal-oriented and decisive leader with a history of innovation and achievement in hospital and clinical operations,” said DeFur.

“Through her extensive experience, she has continually demonstrated the ability to set her vision and produce optimal results, which will be integral in our changing healthcare environment. Erica will be an outstanding addition to our team.”

Wehrmeister earned her Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Health Care from Indiana Tech, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Ball State University. In addition, she has an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Also, Wehrmeister serves on a number of community boards, including Mad Anthony’s Children’s Hope House, Downtown Improvement District in Fort Wayne, Stroke Care Now Network and Super Shots, which promotes low-cost immunizations for kids.

St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital

Driven by the faith of four Daughters of Charity who arrived in Indianapolis in 1881 with $34.77 in their pockets, the St.Vincent Hospital mission is to treat the poor and sick by following our Core Values of Service of the Poor, Reverence, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity and Dedication. Our healthcare ministry has grown to include six Centers of Excellence: Women's, Children's, Orthopedics, Cardiovascular, Neuroscience and Cancer Care. The ageless mission of St.Vincent remains unchanged: to minister to the minds, bodies and spirits of those in need. For more information, visit

Source: St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital

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