Rising tide

How do you make a significant impact on the community and regional economy?

When people sit down with me, I’ll tell them about how the costs of an inappropriate nose surgery nearly caused my family to go bankrupt, yet ignited my company’s mission: to protect the financial health of healthcare.

So at 29 years old, I set off to do just that and have since decreased the US healthcare cost structure by more than a billion dollars through hiring the brightest people and developing the most innovative technologies to detect fraud, inappropriate charges and duplicate billings.

I take an even-handed approach to creating affordable healthcare, which we hope helps all parties by increasing billing accuracy for insurers, rapidly resolving payments for providers and clearing red tape for patients.

We’ve grown Rising despite a number of hurdles, including a lack of capital, fierce competition and turbulent politico-economic times.

Aiming to cultivate happy employees that are passionate about keeping healthcare healthy, we instituted Rising’s core value system which includes “Energy that Inspires,” “Laugh Often” and “Create Ecstatic Customers” – something the Company does very well, maintaining a 98 percent client retention rate. We also started Rising Cares, an employee-generated community service initiative supporting various programs annually, from Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital to the Village of Vision for Haiti.

How to reach: Rising Medical Solutions, http://www.risingms.com/

In October 2010, Smart Business and U.S. Bank recognized nine business leaders for their commitment to business excellence and the impact their organizations make on the regional community. Treated to a keynote address by Middleby Corp. Chairman and CEO Selim Bassoul, these nine leaders composed the honor roll:

Nancy Ruscheinski
Bill Skeens
Dave Brittsan
Amanda Lannert
Scott Morey
Joel Fruendt
Jason Beans
Jim Signorelli
Larry Neibauer