John Bluford, the Kansas City, Mo., health system CEO lauded for profitably running safety-net hospitals while implementing holistic healthcare strategies like food markets, announced that he will retire in July.
Bluford, who turns 65 on May 1, will step down as president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers effective July 18. He has worked 15 years at the Kansas City health system and is credited with a financial and operational turnaround of its two hospitals and outpatient sites, which serve a population that receives a disproportionate share of charity care compared with other hospitals.
Bluford served as chairman of the American Hospital Association in 2011 and has also chaired the Missouri Hospital Association and the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. Last year Modern Healthcare awarded him with its CEO IT Achievement Award, and he appeared on the magazine's Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare list in 2010 and 2012. In 2013 he received the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.