Christopher Schmidt, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CPHQ
Hospital Operations, Strategic Support
Chris has served in various executive leadership roles throughout his career. A dynamic leader supporting Alliant hospital leadership with interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) assignments, recently a 49-bed rural community hospital in Louisiana. Prior to this assignment, he served as CEO, a 48-bed rural healthcare facility in Florida. Additional executive roles include Chief Operating Officer, Vice President, Quality and Patient Safety, and Director of Emergency Services for a 335-bed private hospital located in Florida which is consistently recognized among the top 5% nationally for clinical excellence.
Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas – Houston, as well as a graduate certificate in Health Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. He earned his Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of St Augustine.
A military veteran, Dr Schmidt served 22 years in the United States Navy Nurse Corps, both in medical treatment facilities stateside and overseas combat support operations in the Horn of Africa, South Pacific, and Afghanistan, retiring at the rank of Commander. In addition to Hospital Administration, Dr Schmidt is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner, and continues to actively practice in Emergency Departments throughout Northeast Florida.
During his military and civilian healthcare career, Chris received numerous personal or institutional awards to include “Innovation in Patient Care” from the Florida Hospital Association, and the “Clinical Nursing Excellence Award” from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. He has served at a national level with the Emergency Nurses Association, co-authored several manuscripts advancing both pre-hospital and emergency nursing, and held Associate Clinical Faculty status with the University of Maryland-Baltimore and the University of North Florida. Most notably, Commander Schmidt was appointed Specialty Leader, providing guidance to the Surgeon General of the Navy as to issues impacting emergency trauma nursing service wide. He is married to his wife Jules. They have four children.