Benjamín León Jr., chairman, Leon Medical Centers
Since youth, Benjamín León Jr. has had a knack for business, from washing dishes to programming computers. After climbing the ranks in other jobs, he joined his father to run Miami's first pre-paid medical center. In 1970, the father-son team founded Clínica Asociación Cubana, which grew into a multi-million dollar operation.
After it sold, Mr. León was already formulating the vision for Leon Medical Centers, selling many of his holdings to fund the new venture. More than a decade later, the risk has paid off. The company has grown into a leading healthcare provider for Medicare recipients with more than 33,000 enrolled.
With two new centers open, for a total of seven facilities, the focus now is on continuing to provide cost-efficient, quality care despite the potential cuts HMOs face under proposed healthcare reform.
The family-run group is also rolling out an electronic medical record system in 2010 to provide instant access to a patient's medical history anywhere in the world.
Mr. León shared the company's origins, operations and plans in an interview with Miami Today reporter Yudislaidy Fernandez.
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