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Paul Ingledue, 2015 Gator100, BSN 1991

Gator 100 Paul Ingledue_MCM_9221_webAfter graduating high school in Ohio in 1982, Paul Ingledue (BSN 1991) joined the Air Force. He met his wife, Consuelo (“Coni”), in New Mexico who was also in the Air Force. One day in 1985, while Coni was stationed in Austin, TX, he opened a newspaper to the classifieds and saw all of the job opportunities for nurses. That intrigued him, and he decided to become a nurse.

After moving to Melbourne, Florida, in 1989, he applied to the nursing schools at both UF and the University of Central Florida. A phone call to faculty member Dr. Jo Snider solidified his admission and his decision to become a Gator Nurse. A week later, he moved to Gainesville and began classes at the College of Nursing.

After graduating from the College of Nursing in 1991, his experiences included working as a nurse in a variety of units in North Carolina and Ohio. After moving to Arizona, he became friends with a cardiologist who helped him get a job as a recovery nurse for MedCath’s first outpatient cardiac testing center that included a cardiovascular lab. After about six months, he became director of the lab. After about a year in North Carolina where MedCath sent him to lead an outpatient cardiac testing center, he was given an opportunity at Gaston Memorial Hospital, one of MedCath’s busiest interventional cardiovascular programs. He continued to move up in the company, finally becoming the vice president of operations, where he was responsible for 17 cardiovascular programs and business development for new management companies.

Ingledue’s experience as a nurse helped him in leading the development and building of new physician-led management companies to include hospitals, physicians and MedCath.

“We are successful because we involve the staff with the design of the facility which allows them to be more efficient and effective in the delivery of patient care. They are really the end users and need to have a say in where things like the electrical outlets, computers, supplies or nursing stations are located. They have everything they need because they were involved in the development from the very beginning, which I think is very important for them to be successful.”

MedCath continued to grow into a $1 billion a year company. After 14 years, Ingledue departed the company to briefly lead business development for a hospital system based out of Michigan.  Six months after leaving MedCath, he embarked on what would be a successful partnership and friendship with one of his former colleagues, Chris Howard, to create Upstream Healthcare Management of New Jersey.

Ingledue and his partner ventured into physician-led management companies that manage hospital service lines. After developing HR Staffing Consultants, a large staffing company that provides a number of key hospital service line leaders/clinical staff/clerical staff, they were then challenged with building a physician network, Jersey Health Alliance in Hudson County, New Jersey.  The network started with two physicians in 2012 and has grown to over 500 physicians expanding into three counties in New Jersey.

Ingledue’s path once again brought him back to Florida. Now living in Madeira Beach, Ingledue owns 31 companies, having branched out from the hospital business into more passion and hobby-driven businesses along the way. He bought a motorcycle business called CamTech that designs and fabricates parts that they sell nationally along with building custom motorcycles. CamTech is in the process of expanding outside of the United States and launching a motorcycle apparel business.   He also owns a very successful restaurant in Matthews, NC called Kristopher’s Sports Bar & Restaurant and plans to open another near Charleston with a motorcycle theme.

He credits much of his success as a businessman to what he learned as a nurse.

“Nursing allows for the most diverse career opportunities. It teaches critical thinking and forces you to handle a situation, especially from what I learned on the night shift when you’re responsible for 99 percent of the care for patients.”

His success was recognized and honored in early February 2015 during the Gator100, an inaugural UF event that recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or led by UF alumni. Ernst & Young calculated each company’s compounded annual growth rate over the past three years to generate the ranking. Ingledue was ranked 23rd.  “I have to thank my wife Coni for submitting my name/company as a candidate for the Gator100 because I am not an individual who likes to be recognized for what I do but she felt that I deserved it”.

Although he is irrefutably a successful businessman, Ingledue is first and foremost a family man. He and his wife have been married for 32 years and have raised three daughters. Katelin, 25, is attending the University of South Florida studying marine biology; Lauren, 22, is in her last semester at USF and will be pursuing a master’s degree in North Carolina in Women/Gender Studies and Raechel, 19, wanted to be a Gator like her father and began her studies in finance this year at UF.


Ann Lurie, 2009 Alumna of the Year, BSN 1966

Ann Lurie is originally from Florida and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UF. She currently resides in Chicago where she is president of Lurie Investments; president and treasurer of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation; and president of Africa Infectious Disease Village Clinics, Inc., a US-based charity. Following the death of her husband, Robert H. Lurie in 1990, she devoted herself to raising their six children while distinguishing herself as a committed and knowledgeable benefactor to a number of important causes. Before starting a family, Ms. Lurie worked in public health and pediatric intensive care nursing in Florida and at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Ms. Lurie has a deep commitment to global philanthropy which has included supporting the UK charity, Riders for Health, which creates and sustains health care delivery systems in Africa. She founded and personally oversees the operation of AID Village Clinics, a communicable disease initiative offering comprehensive medical clinics for a population of 100,000 Maasai in rural southeastern Kenya. In cooperation with Save the Children and ONE Love Africa, she funded construction of 30 rural schools in Ethiopia. She supports an HIV/AIDS initiative on the Burma/Chinese border; and sponsors the WE-ACTx pediatric care program for HIV/AIDS patients in Rwanda.

In concert with her commitment to medical research and child related health issues, Ms. Lurie endowed the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University; funded both the Diana, Princess of Wales Professorship in Cancer Research and the Jesse, Sara, Andrew, Abigail, Benjamin, and Elizabeth Lurie Professor of Oncology at the Cancer Center; and committed the lead funding for the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center of Northwestern University.

Linda Aiken, BSN 1964, MN 1966

Dr. Linda Aiken is Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research and The Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing and Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia . She is also a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and research associate in the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania . Dr. Aiken’s research agenda is motivated by a commitment to improving health care outcomes by building an evidence base for health services management and providing direction for national policymakers in the United States and abroad. Her research focuses on the substantive and methodological advances in health outcomes research across a variety of areas including health care systems, hospital quality of care, AIDS care and prevention, innovative models of primary care, and mental health services. Linda continues to stay involved with UF College of Nursing. She served as a keynote speaker at the Dorothy M. Smith Nursing Leadership Conference with Gretta Styles and helped enable the College to commemorate founding Dean Dorothy M. Smith via a permanent exhibit in the College’s Lobby.

Maude Rittman, BSN 1967, MSN 1968, PhD 1997

Maude Rittman is the Associate Chief Nurse for Research at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

As a nurse researcher she focuses primarily in understanding the everyday lives of persons with stroke, their caregivers, and the experience of living with a chronic illness. In 2002 she was selected as Nurse Researcher of the Year by Sigma Theta and in 2004 received a Dorothy M. Smith Nursing Leadership Award. She also is the Assistant Director for Career Development in the VA Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center of Excellence at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville .