PITTSBURG — Rebecca Light started a business to fill a need in her community.

She is being honored as a Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 Woman of Distinction for her entrepreneurial success and continued support of the community.

Light worked as Revenue Cycle Manager at Via Christi Hospital — then Mt. Carmel — for 11 years, and when a medical billing company in Kansas City closed down, she said physicians began asking her for recommendations on new billing companies.

“Through my research I couldn’t find a billing company that served rural physicians very well,” she said. “My family has owned businesses in Pittsburg, so I thought I could fill the need, but I had no idea it would take off like it has.”

Light founded SilverCreek Medical Reimbursement Solutions in 2006 with the original plan to hire five employees. Now, SilverCreek employees 30 people and manages claims of over $50 million a year for it’s clients. In 2016, SilverCreek was selected as Small Business of the Year by the chamber.

Light was born in Pittsburg, lived in Kansas City and in California, and moved back to Pittsburg when she was in the fourth grade. She graduated from Pittsburg High School and earned her bachelor’s in finance and master’s in business administration from Pittsburg State University.

She had experienced living other places, but she said Pittsburg is where she wanted to raise a family.

“I love the diversity Pittsburg offers while giving children great educational opportunities, as well as a community that helps raise children,” Light said. “The school system is great and not only teaches reading, writing and math, but how to be a good person and member of the community.”

She said growing SilverCreek also created jobs and gave more people the opportunity to raise a family in the community.

Light serves the community as a member of the Pittsburg Sunrise Rotary Club and has served on several community committees. She also formed an internal committee at SilverCreek to look for ways to local groups and activities that better the Pittsburg area.

She and her husband are also heavily involved in area youth athletics.

“We believe athletics help children develop, and gives them a valuable skill set,” she said.

Light said she was shocked to find out she was being honored by the chamber.

“I was really shocked and feel very blessed,” she said. “I am quite honored that the community and my peers would select me.”

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.