Truman Medical Centers (TMC) President and Chief Executive Officer Charlie Shields has named Ruth Stricklen Pullins, MA, SPHR, CLRP, as TMC Chief Human Resources Officer. As Chief Human Resources Officer, Pullins will provide leadership in developing and executing employee enrichment strategy especially in the areas of staff management, recruitment, organization and performance management, training and development and compensation.
“I believe Ruth is an ideal candidate to lead our human resources department as we continue to shape organizational development for the future of TMC,” said Shields.“Her vast experience in the academic medical center environment is a great fit for TMC, and I am excited to have her join our leadership team.”
Ruth Stricklen Pullins, MA, SPHR, CLRP, has served in the same role with The University of Kansas Physicians (UKP) since 2006. The UKP, affiliated with the University of Kansas Hospital and University of Kansas Medical Center, is the largest multi-specialty practice in the region with more than 600 physicians and 1,000 staff. In this role, she has led strategic planning process, organizational culture change and served as the internal consultant to 18 clinical practices for all human resources issues.
"I am excited about TMC's vision of working toward a healthier Kansas City and thrilled to be a part of the future of this fine organization,” said Pullins. “I especially look forward to partnering with leadership as we strengthen and grow TMC's teams to meet the continued health needs of our community.”
Pullins’ professional accomplishments include creating and executing a plan to centralize communization and creating a common culture and identity at UKP. These plans helped to significantly reduce staff turnover. She also led restructuring of the organization’s retirement plan, established a paid time off program, and completed a redesign of employee benefits.
Pullins earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Development from Friends University. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in Communications Studies from the University of Kansas. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and a Certified Labor Relation Professional certification from the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association. She is a member of Medical Group Managers Association, the National Society of Human Resource Management and the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association. Pullins serves on the governance structure committee for the National Parkinson Foundation, Heartland. She previously held a director role for the Society for Human Resource Management - Kansas City Chapter.