Naples, Florida , United States
|| December 01, 1952
Oct 09, 2014 09:40pm
Conservative - Anti-Gay Marriage - Pro School Vouchers - Pro- gun - Pro-Life - U.S. Navy - NRA -
|Info||Born in Bloomington, Illinois and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Richard Scott is considered one of America’s foremost entrepreneurs. The son of a truck driver and JC Penney clerk, Rick is known as an innovator in business, health care, and politics, and has developed a reputation in the health care industry for providing affordable, high quality services through a patient-centric approach to cost and care. Rick is the founder of two health care providers, Columbia Hospital Corporation and Solantic Corporation, which builds and operates urgent care facilities throughout Florida. Rick also started Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, an organization founded to defend free market principles in health care that focused successfully on defeating President Obama’s government-run public option plan. |
An Early Entrepreneur
After high school and one year of community college, Rick enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served 29 months on active duty including on the USS Glover as a radar man. Rick then enrolled at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and, while also working full-time at a local grocery store, he made his first significant foray into the business world by buying two Kansas City doughnut shops for his mother to manage.
Following graduation from UMKC with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Rick earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University. He stayed in Dallas, working for the city’s largest law firm, Johnson & Swanson, primarily representing companies in the health care, oil and gas and communication industries. His specialization was in health care mergers and acquisitions and it was during his work on these transactions that he recognized how patients could be better served by improving hospital efficiency, which would lead to lower costs and better outcomes.
In the spring of 1987, while still practicing law, Rick put together a six billion dollar finance package and made an offer to purchase HCA, Inc. When the offer was rejected, Rick started Columbia with his entire life savings of $125,000.
|Fri Oct 09 18:30:09 +0000 2015 - Private-Sector Job Growth continues to be a priority for Governor Scott! http://t.co/UMmt62zLpK|
Wed Oct 07 16:49:43 +0000 2015 - The unemployment rate in FL continues to decrease under Governor Scott! http://t.co/6AsftbmJdB
Thu Sep 17 19:30:03 +0000 2015 - 45 months of positive job growth in Florida! http://t.co/pmJXlwbXFg
Tue Sep 15 21:00:09 +0000 2015 - 917,400 jobs created in FL since December 2010! http://t.co/CZJxPtLV0M
Fri Sep 11 14:30:31 +0000 2015 - United by hope and forever in our hearts. We honor those who lost their lives 14 yrs ago today. http://t.co/MJqPCyuKZn
Mon Sep 07 18:00:04 +0000 2015 - Florida continues to be a top tourism destination! http://t.co/sKonHZKUvh
Fri Sep 04 15:30:02 +0000 2015 - Summer may be almost over, but tourism continues it's hot streak in Florida! http://t.co/U1ljujGGnU
Wed Sep 02 15:31:02 +0000 2015 - RT @FLGovScott: Great event yesterday with @AnheuserBusch to announce 75 new jobs in JAX http://t.co/ZzYH03gakR http://t.co/MLeHwERMg9
Fri Aug 28 18:29:23 +0000 2015 - WATCH Governor Scott discuss preparations for Florida families
Fri Aug 28 14:25:41 +0000 2015 - RT @FLGovScott: Gov. Scott declares state of emergency in #Florida in preparation for Tropical Storm #Erika: http://t.co/CrELbND7ww @FLSERT