(CTCA), was honored on Friday, March 31, 2017 by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization that recognizes the achievements of outstanding individuals and encourages youth to pursue their dreams through higher education.Selected for membership in the 2017 Class, along with such successful individuals as NFL Hall of Famer John Elway, ABC News Correspondent Byron Pitts and Auto Racing legend Roger Penske, Mr.Stephenson is widely recognized for his philanthropic efforts, global business leadership, and establishment of a new standard in personalized cancer care.For the last 70 years, the Horatio Alger Award has been annually bestowed upon admirable leaders who have succeeded despite facing adversity, and who are committed to higher education and charitable efforts in their local communities. Stephenson grew up in Sheridan, Ind., a small farming town of 1,200, and was raised with his brother, Michael, by loving and devoted parents who taught him to understand and follow a morally centered and principled way of life. Stephenson’s childhood and early adulthood was devoted to caring for his brother who faced many lifelong health challenges.His dedication to helping those around him remains a driving force behind everything he pursues. Stephenson would help his father with his work at a pharmacy and later took on various jobs around town—mowing lawns, collecting trash, distributing milk and delivering newspapers.His business acumen expanded in college, as he created a handyman services and consulting company, hiring college friends as part-time employees.
He noted, also, the lack of comprehensive, compassionate, innovative and integrated treatment options that took the whole person into account, and he vowed to change the face of cancer care in his mother’s memory.In 1988, he opened his first CTCA hospital and committed this new chapter in his life’s work to delivering cancer patients and their families what he aptly coined the Mother Standard® of care; the kind of care you would want for your loved one.Today, CTCA is a nationally recognized network of five regional medical centers providing a personalized, clinically outstanding, patient-centered Mother Standard® of care throughout the United States.“My fellow Horatio Alger Members and I are pleased to welcome Richard to the Association,” remarked Byron Trott, president, Horatio Alger Association, and 2011 Horatio Alger Award recipient.
“His entrepreneurial spirit and passionate commitment to caring for others are traits that both Scholars and Members can appreciate and strive to emulate.
Richard’s entire career has been devoted to helping others rise above a different kind of adversity - cancer - providing them with the support, care and comfort needed to face this life-threatening challenge.