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Richard B. Akin, Chairman - District 2
Richard B. Akin


Richard B. Akin

District: 2

Current Term: 2010-2014

Elected in 2006

Liaison Positions:
Supporting Foundations (LMHS Foundation; Lee Healthcare Resources); Physician Leadership Council 


  • Mr. Akin has 39 years of healthcare management experience.  For the past 32 years, Mr. Akin has served as the president and CEO of the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, Inc., a not for profit, primary healthcare provider in Collier County.

  • Mr. Akin has a passion for children's health care. He initiated the Children's Health Network, a pediatric system of care which provides the majority of health care for children in Collier county, with 12 locations. He is also responsible for bringing the first Ronald McDonald Care Mobile to Florida, and for initiating a pedodontic dental residency program as a partnership with the University of Florida College of Dentistry. He has also developed a pediatric center of excellence for the children of Immokalee as a partnership with the Florida State University College of Medicine, and is the founder and chairman of Integral Quality Health Plan, a state wide Medicaid HMO.
  • Mr. Akin attended Florida State University and the University of Miami, and holds degrees in biology and chemistry. He has done graduate study in health care administration.
  • Mr. Akin has received numerous awards for his service and dedication to health care excellence, including the Prendergast Lifetime Child Advocate Award; the Harvey Kapnick Award, given by the Collier County Community Foundation for the best managed not for profit in Collier County. He has received the Distinguished Service Medal from Nova Southeastern University College of Medicine, and has served twice as the chairman of the Florida Association of Community Health Centers. He was awarded 2011 Trustee of the year by the Florida Hospital Association.

Last updated 6/1/2012

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