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Shawnee Mission Health's new CEO has ties to Kansas

Sam Huenergardt will be CEO of Shawnee Mission Health starting May 28.
Sam Huenergardt will be CEO of Shawnee Mission Health starting May 28. Submitted photo

Shawnee Mission Health's new CEO is coming from Colorado, but he has ties to Kansas.

Sam Huenergardt, who will take the job May 28, worked at Shawnee Mission Health as a controller, a financial record-keeping job, from 2003 to 2005 and got a master's in business administration from Baker University in 2010.

Huenergardt is currently the president and CEO of Parker Adventist Hospital, a 167-bed facility in a suburb of Denver. It's part of the nine-state Adventist Health System chain of 46 hospitals, which also includes Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

In a prepared statement, Huenergardt said returning to Shawnee Mission Health is "a dream come true."

“There is so much that is great about this growing region of Adventist Health System, and I am looking forward to working with the team to grow and advance our work in delivering whole-person care,” Huenergardt said.

In his new role, Huenergardt will be CEO of Adventist's Mid-America Region, which also includes a hospital in Durand, Wis.

Huenergardt will replace Ken Bacon. After six years at Shawnee Mission Health, Bacon has been tapped to lead Adventist's south Denver hospitals.

Olathe Health, another large health system in Johnson County, is still looking for a replacement for long-time CEO Frank Devocelle, who is retiring.

Huenergardt is from Kimball, Neb., according to his Facebook page. But in a letter he wrote to Shawnee Mission Health employees, Huenergardt said his grandparents were longtime residents of Kansas City and he and his brothers spent a lot of time in the area visiting them during the summers. His grandmother also volunteered in the cafe at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

Before he took over at Parker Adventist, Huenergardt was chief operating officer of Gordon Hospital, a 69-bed facility in Georgia, and CEO of Central Texas Medical Center, a 167-bed facility in San Marcos.

Shawnee Mission Medical Center has about 500 beds.

Randy Haffner, the president and CEO of Adventist's Multi-state Division, said Huenergardt is ready for the challenge.

“Every facility that he has led has performed incredibly both clinically and financially," Haffner said in a prepared statement. "But more importantly, Sam embodies our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ and serves our team members and communities with this uncommon compassion with every interaction.”