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John W. Bluford,
Truman Medical Centers
W. Bluford has served as Truman Medical Centers' (TMC) President/CEO for
the past twelve years. Bluford's tenure at TMC is part of a
distinguished career in hospital and health system administration that
has spanned more than three decades. Bluford is a nationally known
healthcare innovator who has been recognized by
Modern Healthcare as one of
the Most Influential People in Healthcare.
the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees elected Bluford as
Chairman of the Board following several years of service on various
committees with the association. Bluford is also a Past Chair of the
National Association of Public Hospitals,
Past Chairman of the Missouri Hospital Association, and Past Chair of
the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
Among the accomplishments Bluford is most proud of in his career, is
helping to change the culture of the organizations he has led to become
more customer service and patient safety-oriented and more innovative.
Above all, Bluford has succeeded at transforming the hospitals he has
led into hospitals of first choice for patients, employees and community
partnerships. In 2005, TMC was honored by University Health System
Consortium as one of the Top Five Academic Medical Centers in the
Bluford's financial accomplishments at TMC
include increasing total net revenue by 144% from $197 million over the
course of eleven years (1999-2010) and a quadrupling of commercial
insurance revenue. TMC has invested over a quarter billion in capital
improvements and technology during his tenure. Revenue enhancements have
occurred despite TMC's safety-net mission of caring for the
disproportionate share of the uncompensated care burden of its
community. Additionally, Bluford is proud to have developed the TMC
Corporate Academy, the Center for the Healing Arts Gallery and an
employee Culture of Health and Wellness.
Bluford began his career in 1972 as the evening administrator at Cook
County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to coming to TMC, he served
for 21 years in various leadership capacities at Hennepin County Medical
Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, including the last six as its CEO.
His awards and achievements are numerous and include
Northwestern University's Kellogg School of
Management-Laura Jackson Award ( 2011),
Kansas City's Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award (2011), Richland
(South Carolina School District) One Hall of Fame (2010), Missouri
Hospital Association's Distinguished Service Award (2009), Modern
Healthcare 100 Most Influential (2007), NCCJ Harmony Distinguished
Citizen Award (2006), Urban League Difference Maker Award (2006),NAACP
Special Achievement Award (2004),and Missouri Hospital Association
Visionary Leadership Award (2003).
John has presented nationally and internationally on the subjects of
Managed Care and Change Management in Healthcare Organizations.
International presentations include "The Changing USA Health Care
Marketplace," Alyn Orthopedic Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel; "Managed Care
and the Future," Siemens Incorporated, Erlangen, Germany; "Responsible
Privatization," Conference for Independent States, St. Petersburg,
Russia. He is a frequent contributor to Modern
Healthcare, Healthcare Leaders, and the American Hospital Association