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John W. Bluford,
Truman Medical Centers
Bluford has served as Truman Medical Centers' (TMC) President/CEO for
the past fourteen years. Bluford's tenure at TMC is part of a
distinguished career in hospital and health system administration that
has spanned more than four decades. Bluford is a nationally known
healthcare innovator who has been recognized by Modern Healthcare and
Becker's Hospital Review as one of the Most Influential People in
Healthcare. John served as Chair of the American Hospital Association in
2011and as the Immediate-Past Chair in 2012. Bluford was also the Chair
of the National Association of Public Hospitals in 2009, Chair of the
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce in 2007 and Chairman of the
Missouri Hospital Association in 2006.
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 competitive, customer service 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
country and in 2012 received a Level 7 HIMSS Designation representing
the top 2% of hospitals for Information Technology implementation.
Bluford's financial accomplishments at TMC include increasing total net
revenue by nearly 250 percent from $197 million to more than $450
million over the course of 14 years (1999-2013) and a septupling of
commercial insurance revenue. TMC has invested over one half billion in
capital improvements and technology during his tenure. Revenue
enhancements have occurred despite TMC's safety-net mission of caring
for a 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.
He began his career as a CDC trained Epidemiologist and later ran Pilot
City Health Center in Minneapolis which became the first JCAH accredited
community health center in the county in 1979. Bluford began his
hospital work in 1973 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 Modern Healthcare's
CEO/IT Achievement Award (2013), 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), 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 "Thinking Outside of the Bed,"
Dubai, United Arab Emirates; "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 News Publication.