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Merriam, Kan. – Jack Wagner has been appointed by Adventist Health System as the interim President/CEO for Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Wagner, who currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Shawnee Mission Medical Center, will officially begin dual responsibilities at the 504-bed facility on Monday, December 5, 2011 and will remain in the position until a permanent replacement is found. 

"The Board of Trustees for Shawnee Mission Medical Center is pleased that Jack has accepted to serve in this role,” said Rich Reiner, Board Chairman and president and CEO of the Adventist Health System Multi-State Division. “Jack is a seasoned healthcare executive and since he is already serving in a senior leadership position there it makes for a seamless transition that provides continuity and consistency as we search for the next CEO," added Reiner.

Sam Turner, the hospital’s current President/CEO, announced last month that he will retire on December 2, 2011 after serving 11 years at the hospital.

The process by which Adventist Health System selects a permanent replacement will be discussed with Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s Board of Trustees on November 29.

About Shawnee Mission Medical Center
Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC), part of Adventist Health System, is a 504-bed facility with nearly 20,000 inpatient admissions and more than 200,000 outpatient admissions annually. SMMC has the busiest emergency department in Johnson County, the area's first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center, an accredited Breast Center and delivers more babies each year than any other hospital in the metropolitan area. SMMC employs more than 2,900 local residents and supports an exceptional staff of 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties, the largest medical staff in Kansas City. Visit us on the Web at ShawneeMission.org.

About Adventist Health System
Adventist Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care provider in the nation.  Today, Adventist Health System, which Shawnee Mission is a member of, supports 43 campuses and employs nearly 55,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more than 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for four million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.

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