Province enters the public market and stays there for six years before selling to LifePoint Hospitals Inc. (now LifePoint Health) in 2004 for more than $1 billion. In that timeframe, founder Marty Rash, formerly of Community Health Systems, lures numerous high-profile local execs to join him at Province.

After selling to HCA spinoff LifePoint, Rash will continue his entrepreneurial streak by investing in multiple health care companies and launching RegionalCare Hospital Partners.