Rusty Solomon had a hard time keeping a steady job because he lacked discipline and had no real skill set to help him succeed. Rusty Solomon decided to join the U.S. Army to gain some discipline and to learn the skills necessary to survive and thrive in the working world. He served in the U.S. Army and rose to the level of captain before being honorably discharged. His time in the service taught him leadership skills and an impressive work ethic.
Soon after his honorable discharge, Rusty Solomon began working in behavioral health—a field he would feel at home in for the rest of his career. Rusty Solomon’s first healthcare job was working in the behavioral health services unit at The MIT Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. The leadership skills he developed in the Army helped him guide the behavioral health services unit, and he was quite successful. Within his first few months, Rusty Solomon had established a unit for geriatric-psychiatric patients. Within the next two years he started chemical dependency programs for adults and adolescents, as well as al psychiatric unit. The psych unit soon expanded to 400 beds. For his accomplishments in the behavioral health services unit, and for his ability to assess needs and create lucrative solutions, Rusty Solomon was made COO. Not too long after, he rose to CEO of The University of Maine Medical Center. Under his oversight and capable leadership, the behavioral health services unit’s revenue’s tripled, helping the hospital tremendously.