The School of Medicine announced that Samuel H. Turner, Sr., former Shawnee Mission Medical Center president and CEO, has been appointed as the new Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion starting Sept. 1. He has served as a consultant in that office since May 2014.
Turner has more than 25 years’ experience as a senior-level executive in large health care organizations. In previous roles, he provided cultural leadership, worked with boards of directors, and built partnerships and referral relationships to establish and implement strategies that strengthen overall business operations.
He served a dual role at Shawnee Mission Medical Center from 2000 to 2011, managing a health care facility that earned top rankings in patient satisfaction and employee/physician engagement among all hospitals in the Adventist Health System. During his tenure, the hospital was selected one of Solucient’s Top 100 Hospitals on multiple occasions, received the Kansas Award for Excellence, and was recognized with various other quality awards.
Prior to his work at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Turner served in senior leadership roles at Lakeshore Health System, Inc., in East Chicago, Indiana, and at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland. He also launched a consulting firm that specialized in physician practices and hospitals, advising in areas such as reimbursement, compliance, office administration, and marketing, as well as in legal matters.
Turner received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Tennessee State University and earned a law degree at Vanderbilt University.