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Eric Schmacker

Eric Schmacker

Silver Summit Health Plan

"Follow what your passion is."

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Eric's work combines: Medicine, Business, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

President & CEO

My job is to lead the organization in the execution of our mission, which is to transform the health of our community.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Tooele High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Systems Engineering

    United States Military Academy at West Point

  • Graduate Degree

    MHA - Health Administration

    Baylor University

  • Doctorate

    PhD - Health Services Research, Management & Policy

    University of Florida

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a President & CEO:

Bachelor's Degree: A liberal arts education

Bachelor's Degree: Business Administration and Management, General

Graduate Degree: Master's in Health Care Administration

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I would divide my milestones between personal and professional milestones.

  • 2.

    Personally, I would say meeting my wife and getting married. Then, having the opportunity to raise two boys, and to coach, mentor, and train them. That has definitely shaped my life.

  • 3.

    Professionally, it was that transition from being in the military to being in the civilian world. It was quite a big transition after serving for 21 years and being in WestPoint for 4 years.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    My parents have always encouraged me to do what I was most interested in, so not my parents. However, there was a time after I completed my residency where an individual told me that if I applied for this PhD program, it would kill my career.

  • How I responded:

    Follow what your passion is.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • When I was in WestPoint, I thought I would be flying for the next 20 years. Things changed when I got injured and had back surgery. It forced me to rethink what I was going to do with my career, which exposed me to the career field of health care.