Martha’s Vineyard Hospital named top women-led business

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, headed by president and CEO Denise Schepici, was named among the top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts for the third year in a row. — Ashley Tilton

Denise Schepici and Martha’s Vineyard Hospital were once again honored by the Women’s Edge, formerly Commonwealth Institute, and its partner the Boston Globe, as one of the top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts.

Schepici, who has been the CEO and president of the hospital since 2017, was recognized for the third time on the list. In two of those years, including this year, Schepici was in the 27th spot on the list.

“It’s an honor to be recognized on this list among an impressive roster of female leaders from across the state,” Schepici said in a press release. “I am thankful for the incredible team at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital who inspire myself and each other to bring our best to our patients, colleagues, and community every day.”

The women were recognized as key drivers of the economy during a celebratory breakfast on Friday, Oct. 28. 

This is the 22nd year that the Women’s Edge — a Boston-based nonprofit organization devoted to advancing women in leadership positions — created the list through a nomination process, and reviewed both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and the 10th year that the list was created in collaboration with the Boston Globe, according to a press release. In addition to revenue or operating budget, factors considered in the evaluation included workplace and management diversity, board makeup, and innovative projects. The full list has been published in the Globe Magazine’s Women & Power issue at


  1. This mv hospital is not a “business” and it should not be considered as such, it’s a place where people who are sick get better.

    • As soon as money changes hands, it’s a business. It may be posted as a nonprofit, but it is still a business.

    • Some people get better, but a significant percentage of people who die on this island die in the hospital.
      It fits the definition of a “business” in that it provides a service, charges for that service and has employees.
      Is a boatyard a “business” ?
      It’s a place where people go to go on boats.
      They provide a service, charge for that service and have employees.
      I’m curious as to what you think the hospital actually is, if not a business.

      • At the moment my mother is sick and she’s been sick for a while, and I wrote that out of frustration because I love my mother and it’s been hard for me on a personal level & family.

      • And as for your curiosity, I’ve never thought of a hospital as a “business” until I looked it up.

        • Arron– sorry to hear about your mother. My mother had a long illness that she never recovered from. It was difficult and frustrating..
          I understand.
          One thing your post pointed out though, is that the hospital is much more than just a business. Much more than a boatyard for example. Thank you for reminding us of that.
          Best wishes to your mother.

    • Yup, just like a church/synagogue/mosque/temple, a funeral parlor, a hospice org, and my grandkids’s lemonade stand. Businesses, all, some quite lucrative. Someday we’ll be able to celebrate top businesses and their leaders without separating any by gender. When that happens women will rule the world anyway, as they should 😉 Congratulations, Ms Schepici and MVH!

      • Please explain why women should rule the world.
        Are women better than men?
        Are some races better than others?

  2. Congratulations Denise Schepici and everyone at MV Hospital. Whether a business is labeled for profit or non profit they must meet guidelines and be fiscally responsible. Our hospital provides amazing care by dedicated, knowledgeable professionals. As someone who live with serious, chronic health challenges I’m grateful for them.

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