Is Columbia/Hca's Ceo On The Critical List?

Rick Scott may have made too many enemies--including some on his own board

It was only a year and a half ago that Dr. Thomas F. Frist Jr. and Richard L. Scott flouted decorum by exchanging high fives in the dining room of Nashville's exclusive Belle Meade Country Club. But the camaraderie is long gone between Tommy Frist, the vice-chairman and largest individual stockholder of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., and Rick Scott, the chairman and chief executive of the embattled hospital colossus. "I wouldn't say that Tommy is angry," says one confidant, choosing his words carefully. "He's focused. Very focused."

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