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MERRIAM, Kan. – Ken Bacon has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) and Regional CEO of the Mid America Region of Adventist Health System effective the week of April 23, 2012.  Bacon is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton, Colorado.  Both hospitals are members of Adventist Health System. 

“The community representatives on Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s Board of Trustees were honored to participate in the CEO search and selection process,” said Tim Rogers, SMMC Board Vice Chairman. “We have tremendous faith in Ken and his ability to lead our hospital so that we continue Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s tradition of excellence.”

Bacon served from 1991-1996 in various finance positions at Porter Adventist Hospital, Littleton Adventist Hospital and in a managed care role at the Centura Health service center. In 1997, he joined Central Texas Medical Center as Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer that same year. From 2001-2006, Bacon returned to Denver as President and Chief Executive Officer of then new Parker Adventist Hospital.  After opening that brand new facility and overseeing multiple construction projects, Bacon was appointed in 2007 to the Chief Executive Officer role at Littleton Adventist Hospital, a level II trauma facility. 

“Ken has served with Adventist Health System for more than 20 years,” said Rich Reiner, SMMC Board Chairman and President/CEO of the Adventist Health System Multi-State Division.  “He has a proven record of growing clinical areas, such as neuroscience, cardiology, oncology, and trauma services while placing priority on building physician and community relationships.  The Board of Trustees for SMMC is very pleased to be working with Ken.” 

Bacon and his wife, DeAnna, have three children Paul (15), Mark (11) and Olivia (2).

“I’m certain that I am the most fortunate person I know to be able to work with so many talented and dedicated people.  I am humbled everyday by the passionate commitment our teams devote to patient care and to living our mission,” said Bacon.  “While it will be hard to say farewell, I’m excited for this new adventure and am looking forward to the new friendships and working relationships at SMMC.”

Jack Wagner, who has served as interim CEO since Sam Turner retired from SMMC in December, will return to his role as CFO when Bacon arrives.

“I am very thankful for the leadership that Jack has provided during this interim period,” said Reiner.  “It is truly an honor to work with such a competent group of leaders and capable associates at SMMC.”

About Shawnee Mission Medical Center

Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) is a 504-bed facility with 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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