Charlie Shields serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Truman Medical Centers. Charlie joined TMC in 2010 as Chief Operating Officer of TMC-Lakewood. He assumed his current role in 2014.
Shields brings to the role more than 25 years of health care leadership and decades of public service, including 20 years in the Missouri General Assembly, culminating his service with two years as President Pro-Tem of the Missouri Senate. Those lenses guide his vision for a Truman Medical Centers that stays true to its mission of serving the underserved and acting as a primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, while focusing on being the Provider of Choice, Employer of Choice and Strategic Partner of Choice in the metropolitan area.
In 2015, TMC opened downtown Kansas City’s only freestanding specialist and surgery center aptly named University Health. His belief that health care shouldn’t exist solely within the four walls of a hospital now has taken health care into area Hy-Vee's with "University Health On-the-GO," and additional planned clinics, including "University Health @ the Y," the metro's only medical clinic within an existing YMCA. The names reflect Shield's focus on TMC as an Academic Medical Center, and under his leadership, its expanded relationship with UMKC.
Shields shares his expertise on a national level as a board member of America’s Essential Hospitals and committee member of the American Hospital Association, among other positions. He often is quoted saying, “Education is the number one determinant of economic status, and economic status is the number one determinant of health status,” bringing together the importance of education in living a long and healthy life. With this as a foundational belief, he serves as President of the Missouri State Board of Education. He also is deeply involved in the Kansas City community, serving in leadership positions with the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas City Civic Council and the Urban Neighborhood Initiative — a few of the numerous committees and boards on which he is proud to serve.
Finally, Shields is a founding board member of the UMKC Health Sciences District, a collaborative effort between Truman Medical Centers, UMKC Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Dentistry, Children’s Mercy Hospital, the Kansas City Health Department and other entities creating a true Academic Health Center investing in research, advancing intellectual collaboration, and developing a space for health innovation unlike any other in the region.