John W. Bluford was officially inducted as the chairman of the board of directors at the American Hospital Association on Sunday at the group's annual membership meeting in Washington, DC, the nation's largest hospital group announced.
Bluford, president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, MO, told colleagues that the effect of their leadership would be judged not only by the care administered inside their hospital walls, but also by the overall health of the communities they serve. "Your community has its own dynamics that create its own barriers – solid walls that stand between people and the health that will allow them to achieve their full potential," Bluford said. "Tearing down those walls will be painfully slow. But we will never get to the destination – if we don't start the journey."
Bluford assumed the AHA board chairmanship -- the organization's highest elected position -- in January and will serve a one-year term, AHA said.
Truman Medical Centers created a Passport to Wellness program that targets at-risk populations and their families for lifestyle changes to better manage their health and reduce hospital visits. The program uses guided protocols and team-oriented case management that includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and social workers.