Charles W. Shields will be the new president and chief executive officer of Truman Medical Centers.
Shields, chief operating officer at TMC Lakewood, will succeed John W. Bluford III, who announced in late February that he would retire in July.
The TMC system includes TMC Hospital Hill, TMC Lakewood, TMC Behavioral Health, the Jackson County Health Department and several primary care practices in eastern Jackson County. TMC is a major teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry and pharmacy.
TMC board chairwoman Peggy Dunn said the hospital board worked with the executive search consultants at EFL Associates before selecting Shields.
“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,” Dunn said in announcing Shields’ appointment.
Shields has worked at TMC for four years. Bluford said he provides “exactly the right mix of business savvy, people skills and political acumen to lead Truman through today’s rapidly changing health care landscape.”
While at Lakewood, Shields oversaw the addition of a birthing center and added other business lines. Before joining the Lakewood staff, he worked in management for Heartland Health in St. Joseph. He also has served as a Missouri senator and representative.
“I am honored by the confidence shown in me,” Shields said in prepared remarks. “TMC is a valuable community asset, a great place to work and, most important, a great place to receive care.”