Truman Medical Centers

Health
2:01 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Truman Med Breaks Ground On New Hospital Hill Outpatient Center

Business and civic leaders break ground for the new Truman outpatient center on Hospital Hill.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

Truman Medical Centers' new outpatient center will provide a range of medical services beyond the acute care for which the system is best known.

At a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday morning, Truman President and CEO John Bluford said the center — a four-story, 90,0000-square-foot building at Truman's Hospital Hill campus costing $29 million — was a symbol of the alliance between Truman and its physician partners.

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11:59 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Truman Medical Centers Names New CEO

Charles W. Shields has been named the new president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers.
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An executive with TMC Lakewood has been chosen to succeed John W. Bluford III as president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers.  

Charles W. "Charlie" Shields, currently the chief operating officer of TMC Lakewood, part of the TMC Health System,  will replace Bluford, who is retiring in July. 

Shields, a former Missouri state representative and senator, served as president pro tem of the Missouri Senate in 2009. Before joining the TMC system, he was with Heartland Health in St. Joseph. 

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12:15 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Truman Medical Centers CEO John Bluford To Retire In July

Truman Medical Centers CEO John Bluford announced his retirement Friday morning.
Credit Truman Medical Centers

Truman Medical Centers announced Friday that CEO John Bluford will retire this summer after 15 years in the position.

His retirement is effective July 18, according to a news release. Bluford turns 65 on May 1.

Bluford is working with a committee that includes TMC board members and appointees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine on details of his departure and transition efforts, according to the release.

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Health
12:37 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Voters Renew Health Levy, Strike Down Anti-Nuke Measure

Kansas City Mayor Sly James takes the podium at Union Station, to commend yesterday's election results. Truman Medical Center CEO, John Bluford, sits to his left, preparing to make his remarks.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Voters in Kansas City, Missouri, struck down a measure in Tuesday's election that would have prohibited the city from giving incentives to companies that make parts for nuclear weapons. Voters lent their support, on the other hand, to renewing a property tax that funds neighborhood health clinics, ambulance services and Truman Medical Center. Voters also favored a ballot measure requiring that most nonprofits pay an existing city hotel convention tax.

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1:23 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Health Tax Renewal Goes Before Voters Tuesday

Northland Health Care Access is one of several health clinics that receives funding through the temporary health levy. The levy, up for a renewal vote on Tuesday, also funds ambulance services and care for the uninsured at Truman Medical Centers.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Kansas City has long supported health services for people without insurance or a means to pay. This is primarily done through a health levy, or property tax, that brings in about $50 million annually. A portion of that tax will soon expire. Renewing it is now up for a popular vote this Tuesday. It’s Question 1 on the ballot. Despite all the contention around health policies and spending right now, there doesn’t appear to be much opposition to the local measure.

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Health
8:11 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Full Council To Take Up Health Levy Today

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Kansas City’s health levy has long funded ambulance services and other care for residents without insurance or a means to pay. A portion of that levy is temporary, and it expires next year.

While much has changed since the levy was first introduced, city leaders and proponents of the tax are pushing to renew that temporary portion for nine more years. The full council is slated to take up the proposed renewal later today, and doing so could pave the way for a popular vote on the tax this spring.

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Health
6:36 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

First Big Macs, Now Cola: Local Hospitals Slim Down Menus

Elana Gordon KCUR

Families, patients and staff members craving a Coke at Children’s Mercy Hospital will soon have to find their fix elsewhere.

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11:23 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Local Hospital Bids Goodbye To Big Macs: McDonald's To Close At Truman

The McDonald's at Truman Medical Centers' Hospital Hill campus has been in operation for two decades.
Elana Gordon KCUR

The days of buying a Big Mac at one of Kansas City’s main hospitals are numbered. After two decades in operation, the McDonald’s at Truman Medical Centers' main city campus is slated to close on Friday, November 2.

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10:44 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Unique Grocery Store Rolls Into Kansas City

Fourth graders at the Boys & Girls Club visit Truman's new mobile grocery store.
Elana Gordon KCUR

People living in parts of Kansas City that aren’t near a big grocery store now have another food option. But it’s not your typical grocery store, and it’s not run by your typical vendor.

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Health
3:47 pm
Sun April 15, 2012

City's Health Care Tax Under Review

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Residents of Kansas City have long financed public health, ambulance and indigent health services through a property tax which last year, brought in nearly $50 million.

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