Health Plan Exec Honored by Nursing School

Photograph: Richard L. Scott accepts award from Dean Mary O. Mundinger.

Richard L. Scott, founder, president and chief executive officer of the Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. in Nashville, Tenn., received the School of Nursing's Second Century Award for Excellence in Health Care from Dean Mary O. Mundinger in September.

Addressing nursing and medical students from Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Scott discussed Columbia/HCA's tri-fold mission of reducing inefficiencies in the health care industry, improving quality of care and raising the levels of patient satisfaction and health outcomes.

Formed in 1987, Columbia/HCA is now the largest private healthcare provider in the nation, with more than 326 hospitals and 100 outpatient surgery centers, as well as home services.

The company has brought attention to the "bottom line" to health care, encouraging hospitals to be much more competitive in the increasingly cost-conscious health care environment.

Scott recently won a silver award for the CEO of the Year by Financial World magazine, and was cited as one of the top 25 performers of 1995 in U.S. News and World Report.

Under his leadership, Columbia/HCA ranked 14th in 1995 in Fortune magazine's list of fastest growing companies.

Scott is a member of the Healthcare Leadership Council, the Business Roundtable, the Business Council and the Columbia University Health Sciences Advisory Council.

Columbia University Record -- October 20, 1995 -- Vol. 21, No. 7