As president and chief operating officer of Select Medical Corp., Patricia Rice oversees a network of 118 specialty hospitals in 28 states and 953 outpatient centers in 36 states. The Mechanicsburg, Pa.-based company has 26,200 employees and specializes in long-term acute-care and rehabilitation services. Rice, 64, has put Select Medical on the path of rapid growth through acquisitions. Most recently, she brokered a proposed partnership with Baylor Health Care System in Dallas to create a regional rehabilitation network to serve Dallas-Fort Worth. Initially trained as a registered nurse, Rice joined Select Medical in 1997.
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