Helping Hands For The Heartsick

Stephen R. Puckett, CEO of MedCath Inc., became an entrepreneur by accident: Timid lawyers made him do it. As chief operating officer of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Hospital Authority in 1988, Puckett, now 43, was astounded when lawyers told him limits on the hospital's charter meant he couldn't establish a mobile heart-care unit. Three days later, the hospital manager quit his job and formed a company to do just that.

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