The president and CEO of Shawnee Mission Health and the Mid-America Region of Adventist Health System is leaving his position effective April 6th. After 6 years in Kansas City, Ken Bacon is heading for a new position as the CEO of the Centura Health Source Denver Group hospitals in Denver, Co, according to a press release from Shawnee Mission. He is also going to represent the Rocky Mountain Region of AHS.
“Leaving Shawnee Mission Health has been a very difficult decision,” Bacon said. “I have enjoyed my time in Kansas City much more than I ever imagined. It has been an honor to work at Shawnee Mission Health. Everyone from our front-line associates to our leaders, physicians and volunteers live our mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ. They are an amazing team that truly cares for the community. It has been my honor and privilege to serve with this team.”
Bacon’s continuing role with AHS is part of a 25 year affiliation with the group in various roles. Bacon previously served as the president and CEO of Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos, TX, Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker, CO and Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton, CO.
“Ken’s leadership over the past six years has moved Shawnee Mission Health forward in many ways,” said Tim Rodgers, vice-chairman of SMH’s Board of Trustees. “He has set a vision for the future that will allow the system to thrive far beyond his tenure.”
Bacon’s successes were outline in the release from Shawnee Mission:
During his six-year tenure as CEO, SMH saw substantial growth, including last year’s opening of a third SMH campus in south Overland Park. Among his many other accomplishments, he oversaw the launch of the Shawnee Mission Birth Center, expansion of the campus at K-7 and Prairie Star Parkway in Lenexa, implementation of an aggressive ambulatory strategy that includes multiple new Centra Care Urgent Care Centers and significant renovations on the Shawnee Mission Medical Center campus. He also oversaw creation of the Shawnee Mission Cancer Center and its affiliation with MD Anderson Cancer Network®. In addition, Bacon has been instrumental in raising funds for the B.E. Smith Family Center, scheduled to break ground on March 22.
The SMH Board of Trustees along with AHS will immediately begin a search for his replacement.