A serial entrepreneur and passionate employer, Rick DeStefane is a leading executive in the long-term healthcare management industry in the Midwest. Rick owns over 60 businesses, including Reliant Care Group, LLC and Reliant Care Management Company, both of which are comprised of numerous long-term care nursing facilities throughout Missouri. The Reliant network of companies consists of over 4,000 employees with annual revenue of nearly $200 million.
Rick DeStefane is committed to assisting vulnerable populations, and his facilities are dedicated to serving the elderly population as well as developmentally disabled adults. In both types of facilities, which serve approximately 2,500 residents, Rick strives to offer residents the opportunity to live fuller, more well-adjusted lives. His programs focus on maximizing resident freedoms and caring services. Because of Rick’s belief that all patients deserve quality care, Reliant routinely accepts patients with serious mental and behavioral issues that other caregivers have refused to treat.
Rick DeStefane founded his first business at age 10 when he began cutting his neighbors’ grass. That experience kicked off a lifelong commitment to entrepreneurship. Rick has always been driven by identifying industry gaps and taking advantage of untapped market opportunities. He is most intrigued by opportunities that include the ability to aid underserved citizens, a commitment that has fueled Reliant’s growth for the past 28 years.
An eager student of management, Rick DeStefane prides himself on his unique ability to organize dynamic teams, motivate employees and provide the training, flexibility and resources necessary for them to excel in their roles. By empowering and engaging his employees, he’s effectively cultivated productive workforces consisting of thriving, satisfied staff, who are in turn delighted to provide exceptional care to facility residents.
Because he believes in service, hard work and giving back, Rick DeStefane stays very active in the community, serving on several boards and committees. He’s currently President of the Missouri Health Care Association, Co-founder and Board Member for The Business Bank of St. Louis, Vice-Chairman of the Board for St. Alexius Hospital, and a Board Member for the Northeast Missouri Economic Development Council. He formerly served as Chairman of the Board for The Surgery Center of Northcentral Missouri and Chairman of the Board for St. Alexius Hospital.
Rick DeStefane holds two undergraduate degrees in Business Management and Political Science, as well as a MBA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is also a licensed CPA.