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.
|Wed May 25 15:15:40 +0000 2016 - Our unemployment rate has hit an eight year low in Florida! #LetsKeepWorking https://t.co/1hhPbEtb6W https://t.co/FRgFqhcGy1|
Mon May 23 21:40:46 +0000 2016 - Our Federal Government needs to stop debating and start acting in the fight against #Zika. https://t.co/b5kQTn7sKd
Sat May 21 15:00:22 +0000 2016 - I plan to use @LouisianaGov John Bel Edward’s tax hikes to bring more businesses and jobs to Florida. https://t.co/c8UYS96ZPc
Thu May 19 00:15:51 +0000 2016 - Proud to stand with @gianforte in his race for Governor of Montana. #FightForJobs https://t.co/U5o2cSpap0
Tue May 17 15:58:41 +0000 2016 - In the first 3 months of the year, we welcomed 29.8 million tourists to Florida! https://t.co/DqqcSujOCB https://t.co/Qgbi4heFdC
Mon May 16 14:48:21 +0000 2016 - Florida once again ranks as one of top states in the country for business.
Wed May 11 19:58:21 +0000 2016 - Today I’m meeting with Congressional Leaders in Washington to discuss Zika virus. We must fight Zika like the real threat it is.
Wed May 11 13:16:46 +0000 2016 - To all the new University and High School graduates in Florida, I congratulate your accomplishment! https://t.co/ath6wFReYM
Mon May 09 14:34:23 +0000 2016 - I’m happy to see @GovPenceIN supporting Trump. This is the type of unity Republicans need to defeat Hillary Clinton. https://t.co/y0LY3m7wX0
Thu May 05 14:15:14 +0000 2016 - This National Day of Prayer I hope you will join me in praying for our state and nation. #NationalDayofPrayer https://t.co/NPp7TP4Atd