Former Patient Now Runs Own Healthcare Biz

Rick Collett wasn’t planning on going into healthcare, but a car accident in 1991 changed his life and career. While driving home from Furman University to visit his family in Tennessee, Collett crashed his Jeep, leaving him with a shattered femur and third degree burns on both his feet. After 15 surgeries, he spent two weeks being cared for by a home health nurse and two months in a wheelchair. Collett decided to pursue a master’s degree in healthcare administration and subsequently took a management position at his nurse’s home healthcare business.

In January 2012, Collett started his own business when he opened a Chattanooga franchise of BrightStar Care. Because he has previously been a patient, Collett knows the importance of hiring compassionate caregivers. According to him, his company only hires nurses he would allow to take care of himself or his mom.

Being very athletic prior to his accident, Collett resumed running in 2003. He has since completed the Chicago Marathon and Ironman Florida.

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