Truman Medical Centers
2301 Holmes St.
Biographical Sketch: John W. Bluford has served as Truman Medical Centers' (TMC) President/CEO for the past ten 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 Powerful People in Healthcare. In July 2009, the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees elected Bluford as Chairman-Elect following several years of service on various committees with the association. Bluford is also a Past Chair of the National Association of Public Hospitals, and locally, he is a 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 HealthSystem Consortium as one of the Top Five Academic Medical Centers in the country.
Bluford's financial accomplishments at TMC include increasing total net revenue to $423 million from $197 million over the course of ten years and a quadrupling of commercial insurance revenue. Additionally, Bluford is proud to have developed the TMC Corporate Academy, the Center for the Healing Arts Gallery and an employee and community Farmers Market.
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.
Bluford has always been civically engaged in the communities in which he has worked. Other current board memberships include Morehouse College School of Medicine, United Way of Greater Kansas City, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, DeCare International and the H&R Block Bank.
His awards and achievements are numerous and include the Missouri Hospital Association's Distinguished Service Award (2009), Richland (County School District) One Hall of Fame (2010), Modern Healthcare 100 Most Powerful (2007); NCCJ Harmony Distinguished Citizen Award (2006); NAACP Special Achievement Award (2004); Missouri Hospital Association Visionary Leadership Award (2003).
Bluford earned a BA from Fisk University ('71), an MBA from Northwestern University ('75), and studied at Harvard University's Executive Program in Health Policy ('81). Bluford's publications include articles in Imaging Economic, The Journal of HealthCare for the Poor & Underserved, and Hospitals. 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.