FORT SMITH- The Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce will host the next First Friday breakfast on March 1st, 2019 at 7:30 AM in the Reynolds Room of the Pendergraft Center at UAFS. The breakfast will feature Tom Emerick, co-founder of Edison Healthcare.
Tom is also an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and frequent speaker on the topic of healthcare economics.
In 2009, Tom was named by Healthspottr as one of the top 100 innovators in healthcare in the U.S. for his work on medical ethics. In 2013 a Forbes.com article named Tom one of 13 “Unsung Heroes Changing Health Care Forever.”
Considered by some to be an expert on population health, Tom is a writer and hosts a well-read blog called Cracking Health Costs in which he has published over six hundred articles on population health management. A book by the same title, an Amazon trade best seller was published in 2013, which Forbes online called one of the most “disruptive” health books of the year. Tom’s latest book, An Illustrated Guide to Personal Health, was published in 2015. This book is being used by at least one college as a textbook on personal health.
Previously Tom was with Walmart Stores, where his last position was Vice President, Global Benefit Design, which involved designing and managing benefits for over 1.0 million employees in the U.S., and 300,000 in international. For about six years, Tom also headed up Walmart’s Six Sigma and process improvement initiatives. Prior to Walmart, Tom had executive positions with Burger King Corporation, British Petroleum, and American Fidelity Assurance Company.
Tom has extensive international experience, particularly in Canada, Mexico, Cayman Islands, U.K., Germany, and Brazil, but about a dozen other countries as well.
In 2000 Tom was given the prestigious “Distinguished Former Student” award from the University of Central Oklahoma from which he has both BBA and MBA degrees.
Tom has served on a variety of boards, employer coalitions, and associations, including being on the board of the influential National Business Group on Health, the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Benefit Committee, and many others. He is frequently in demand as a speaker for health care conferences, such as the internationally known World Health Care Congress.