Shields promoted to lead Truman Medical Centers

May 7, 2014 

The head of Truman Medical Center Lakewood is being promoted to head its parent organization.

Peggy Dunn, chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Truman Medical Centers announced April 30 that the incoming TMC President/CEO will be Charles W. “Charlie” Shields.

Shields is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of TMC Lakewood. He will replace longtime CEO John W. Bluford III, who announced in late February that he is retiring in July.

Dunn, who chaired TMC’s search committee said “Charlie has been an outstanding leader at Lakewood, and we are excited to have him take on this new challenge, and continue the legacy that John Bluford has built over 15 years.”

Bluford echoed Dunn’s comments.

“Charlie was a great addition to the TMC team four years ago, and I am confident that he has exactly the right mix of business savvy, people skills and political acumen to lead Truman through today’s rapidly changing healthcare landscape,” Bluford said. “When paired with our outstanding management team, I feel very good about the future of Truman Medical Centers.”

Truman Medical Centers is a not-for-profit, two acute-care hospital health system in Kansas City . The TMC Health System includes TMC Hospital Hill, TMC Lakewood, TMC Behavioral Health , the Jackson County Health Department and a number of primary care practices throughout Eastern Jackson County . TMC is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry and pharmacy.

During his tenure as TMC Lakewood COO, Shields has overseen the transformation of the hospital, including the addition of an award-winning birthing center, a new dental coach serving the Independence School District, and added new business lines including, an imaging center, a center for breast cancer, robotic surgery and the new Fairmount Family Medical Care clinic. Shields has instituted various programs directed at recognizing and empowering physicians and staff resulting in TMC Lakewood consistently being recognized for both its growth and clinical quality.

“I am honored by the confidence shown in me,” said Charlie Shields. “TMC is a valuable community asset, a great place to work and most important, a great place to receive care. We have a tremendously talented medical staff, dedicated employees, loyal volunteers and a board of outstanding community leaders. I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to help lead this organization.”

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