Diversity and Inclusion

    At Truman Medical Centers, our leadership is committed to embracing diversity and inclusion within our organization. It is essential to maintain a culture where individual differences and contributions are valued and understanding those differences allows our organization to achieve a higher level of performance.

This is TMC

  • Ebunoluwa Babalola

    Ebunoluwa Babalola

  • Kali Bekele

    Kali Bekele

    Concierge (Red Coat)

    Guest services

    Learning to play music, act and drawing

    Favorite Movie:
    All Nicholas Sparks’ movies, The Sound of Music

    Something about me that no one knows:
    I sponsor children from Compassion International. My biggest dream is to open an orphanage. I am originally from Ethiopia. When I was born, my parents were told I would not live because my mother’s blood type was fighting mine. That’s why they named me God’s Covenant (Kalkidan).
  • Racheal Busendo

    Racheal Busendo

  • Steve Davidson

    Steve Davidson


    Human Resources


    Favorite Movie:
    Sophie’s Choice

    Something about me that no one knows:
    My mother was in labor at home on the farm and she called my dad. The only doctor in town was out making another house call (common back then) so dad stopped at the farmhouse not far from ours and got the veterinarian to assist until the doctor arrived. So I was born at home and the doctor was a veterinarian!
  • Sybil Fowler

    Sybil Fowler

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    Social Services

    African Dancing, watching documentaries, being with family and traveling

    Favorite Movie:
    Pretty Woman

    Something about me that no one knows:
    While I was In College I participated in the Miss Michigan Pageant and was 1st runner up.
  • Kael Martin

    Kael Martin

    Community Health Projects Specialist

    Community Health Strategies & Innovation

    Travelling, learning Spanish, long walks/hiking, listening to music

    Favorite Movie:
    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Little Miss Sunshine

    Something about me that no one knows:
    My wife and I walked the last 125 miles of the Camino De Santiago in northwestern Spain. It is an ancient pilgrimage dating back over one thousand years.
  • Jerry Oanbey

    Jerry Oanbey

  • Yariya Shafi

    Yariya Shafi

    Medical Director - Medical Assistant Program
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Section of General Internal Medicine
    Chair, SOM Diversity Council
    Chair, Early Career Physicians Committee

    General Internal Medicine

    Reading, writing poetry, cooking

    Favorite Movie:
    Ferris Bueller’s Day off

    Something about me that no one knows:
    I sing well and am a black belt
  • Sareth Eng Washington

    Sareth Eng Washington

    Clinical Nurse RN


    Fishing, reading, hiking, and going to the movies

    Favorite Movie:
    Lord Of The Rings

    Something about me that no one knows:
    Lived in two different refugee camps in Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore before getting sponsored to the USA by Don Bosco. I arrived in Kansas City in 1981 with my mother and 4 older sisters. My father and eldest sister did not make it out of Cambodia alive.

    Diversity and Inclusion is more than just race, gender, and ethnicity. It is our individual differences in experiences, skills, and talents and leveraging those differences, which allows us to evolve as an organization.

    Willy F. Pegues IV
    Diversity and Inclusion Officer


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    Diversity and Inclusion Community Partners

    Black Nurses Association
    Black Nurses Rock
    Gay Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce
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    Heartland Black Chamber Of Commerce
    Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce
    Kc Chamber
    Missouri Nurses Association
    National Association Of Hispanic Nurses
    Philippine Nurses Association Logo

    Diversity and Inclusion Councils

    Mission Statement: 
    To implement initiatives to embrace a diverse culture and build an inclusive environment that assist Truman Medical Centers in providing quality healthcare to our community.

    Vision Statement: 
    Leading the way to a diverse and inclusive environment

    Truman Medical Center’s developed two councils, Leader’s Diversity and Inclusion Council – this council consist of various staff members ranging from front-line staff to department managers and practitioners; Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council – this council is composed of executives and key physician leaders.
    Diversity Inclusion Council

    Diversity Inclusion Council

    Diversity Inclusion Council

    Diversity Inclusion Council



      Diversity and Inclusion Calendar

      Please download our annual calendar (PDF) spotlighting each month's celebrations in diversity.


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      Facts & Statistics

      Data and Statistical Information


      TMC Patient Data and Statistics (Fiscal Year 2015)

      Key patient, staff and financial data and statistics for TMC, TMC Hospital Hill, TMC Lakewood and TMC Behavioral Health. This information is from the immediate past fiscal year (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015). 

      TMC Hospital Hill Fact Sheet

      Information and key facts about TMC Hospital Hill. This includes the more than 35 primary and specialty clinics and statistics regarding the number of patients treated at our downtown Kansas City campus. 

      TMC Lakewood Fact Sheet

      Information and key facts about the TMC Lakewood campus. This includes information about the primary and specialty care services we provide. As well as key patient data regarding the more than 44,000 patients that visit our suburban campus each year. 

      TMC Behavioral Health Fact Sheet

      Information and statistical information about TMC Behavioral Health. This includes information about the variety of inpatient and outpatient mental health services provided at both our downtown and suburban Kansas City campuses. 



      In the News

      Healthcare News Headlines

      University Health, Downtown’s Only Freestanding Outpatient Specialty and Surgery Center Opens

      University Health (services provided by Truman Medical Centers), downtown Kansas City’s new and only freestanding outpatient specialty and surgery center, opened today with a ceremonial grand opening and ribbon-cutting. University Health, 2101 Charlotte Street, offers the latest in technology, including 3-D mammography and a state-of-the-art surgical center with capability for the most advanced surgeries including eye, orthopaedic, oral and reconstructive services. 


      Ingram’s Announces Its 2016 Class of Kansas City’s Top Doctors Thomas McCormack, Truman Medical Centers

      Dr. McCormack's work, including a stretch of more than five years with a zero percent post-operative infection rate, is credited with helping TMC-Lakewood become the region’s first hospital to earn the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for hip and knee replacement programs.


      Kansas City's Leading Health-Care Institutions Team Up to Create UMKC Health Sciences District

      Focused on collaborative research and community outreach, downtown district is unlike any other in the nation. The newly created district combines the unique expertise and services provided by a medical center; a children’s hospital; a university and its schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and dentistry; as well as the local health department, mental health center and county medical examiner’s office.


      Truman Medical Centers Wins Platinum Certification for Workplace Wellness

      TMC is proud to announce it has been awarded Workplace Wellness Certification from the KC Chamber’s Healthy KC Workplace Wellness Initiative. “It’s an honor to be recognized for the effort that we make, as an organization, to help keep our employees aware that their health matters,” says Truman Medical Centers President and CEO, Charlie Shields.


      TMC Lakewood, which was named the recipient of the 2017 Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award

      “This award demonstrates that our hard work, and focus on core measures pays off,” said Lynette Wheeler, Lakewood COO. “The Lakewood team can be very proud of this achievement.”


      2017 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT

      Mitzi Cardenas, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy and Information Officer is named to the list of 2017 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT


      Is it a mole or skin cancer?

      In the warmer months, we tend to wear clothes exposing more skin, you might notice what TMC dermatologist Paul Reicherter, MD, calls “suspicious characters,” a mole or freckle that looks different from the others or that has any characteristics of the ABCDEs of melanoma.


      UH Breast Center is Staffed by Experts

      The University Health Breast Center offers the gold standard of care in diagnosis and treatment of cancer as well as benign conditions of the breast.


      University Health On the GO! to Launch at Area Hy-Vee Stores

      UPA, in collaboration with Truman Medical Centers (TMC), will launch University Health On the GO! in Spring 2016 at two Independence Hy-Vee grocery store locations (1525 East 23rd St. South and 4545 South Noland Road), giving those who live in and around Independence convenient access to affordable, walk-in medical care.  Having the clinics located in Hy-Vee stores with pharmacies means prescriptions can be filled on the spot.


      Lynda Donegan, Marsha Morgan Named Heroes in Healthcare

      Lynda Donegan, Vice President, Professional Health Services, and Marsha Morgan, former COO TMC Behavioral Health, were named as 2017 Heroes in Healthcare by Ingram’s magazine.

      JCHD Reaches Out to Tornado Stricken Oak Grove

      Days after a tornado ripped through the small town of Oak Grove, damaging nearly 500 homes, groups of volunteers began their efforts to clean up and rebuild the community. The Jackson County Health Department (JCHD) and Truman Medical Centers were two of those groups.


      Truman Medical Centers Announces Expanded Strategic Relationship with Cerner

      TMC and Cerner, a global leader in health care technology, have formed a strategic relationship dedicated to the transformation of health care in Kansas City and across the world. By working closely, the organizations will pilot innovations using progressive health care information technology (IT). 


      TMC Behavioral Health and the Kansas City Public School District To Host Kansas City Premier of “Paper Tigers”

      TMC) Behavioral Health and the Kansas City Public School District will host the Kansas City premier of the documentary “Paper Tigers” on Saturday, November 7 at the Paseo Academy of the Arts from 12:30 pm to 4pm. The screening and group discussion will help to raise awareness for the national movement to develop Trauma Informed Communities and Trauma Sensitive Schools. 


      Future of Nursing Starts at Truman Medical Centers

      Truman Medical Centers Nursing Administration is partnering with Community Health Education and the Kansas City Public School District to launch a unique program – Pathways to Nursing.


      Breaking Ground on University Health Community Care Linwood

      Truman Medical Centers is thrilled to have ‘officially’ broken ground a unique partnership designed to improve Kansas City’s health and wellness. We are talking about a one-of-a-kind project: a health clinic in a Kansas City YMCA.