John W. Bluford, MBA, FACHE
John W. 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.