President & Chief Executive Officer, and Regional CEO of the Mid-America Region of Adventist Health System
Ken Bacon is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shawnee Mission Health and Regional CEO of the Mid-America Region of Adventist Health System (AHS). Prior to joining SMH in April 2012, Bacon served as the CEO of Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton, Colo.
Bacon has served with AHS for more than 20 years. He has a proven record of growing clinical areas such as neuroscience, cardiology, oncology and trauma, while placing a priority on building physician and community relationships. He currently serves on the Kansas City Area Hospital Council (2016 Chair), Kansas Hospital Association Board, both the Greater Kansas City and Overland Park Chamber Boards; Johnson County Community College Foundation Board, Union College Board and the Mid-America Union Conference Executive Committee.
Bacon and his wife, DeAnna, have three children, Paul, Mark and Olivia.
Executive Vice-President &
Chief Financial Officer
Karsten Randolph joined SMH as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in April, 2014. Previously he served as Vice President Finance/CFO for the Adventist Health System’s Appalachia Region and Park Ridge Health in February 2011. In this capacity he provided financial leadership and oversight to four hospitals in the Appalachia Region.
Prior to joining Park Ridge Health and the Appalachia Region, he held the CFO roles from 2003 to 2011 in Colorado and in Illinois; and in Controller roles from 1999 to 2003 in both Maine and Tennessee. Karsten has a CPA license in the state of North Carolina, holds a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Benedictine University and an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Andrews University.
In his free time, Karsten enjoys golfing and hiking. He, his wife Clarissa, and daughter, Mia, reside in Overland Park, Kansas.
Chief Operating Officer
Michael Knecht is Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Shawnee Mission Health (SMH). Knecht joins SMH from Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta, in Murrieta, Calif., where he served as the Vice President of Operations and Chief Experience Officer. Knecht was responsible for the administrative management of support service operations, human resources and employee and patient experience strategy. He also oversaw the strategic master planning for operational improvements, new construction and campus expansion.
Prior to his time in Murrieta, Calif., Knecht was the Manager of Faith and Health Innovation at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he developed and managed the faith and health initiative for the system.
Larry Botts, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Larry Botts, MD has 27 years experience as a private practice Pulmonary/Critical Care physician in the Kansas City area. He has been a member of the SMH staff during that time.
Botts has served in a number of leadership roles for the medical staff at SMH including Medical Staff President and Credentials Committee Chairman. He currently serves as the Medical Director of the Respiratory Therapy program at Johnson County Community College and is a adjunct professor.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska in 1974, and his medical degree in 1979 also from the University of Nebraska. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency and Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1984. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care.
Botts is a fellow in the American College of Chest Physicians, a member of the Society of Critical Care, and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
Vice President of Ambulatory Network
Robin Harrold is the Vice President of Ambulatory Network for Shawnee Mission Health (SMH). In her current role, she is accountable for ambulatory network development across the care continuum. Her service line leadership includes oncology and home health. Recently, she was responsible for development of the Shawnee Mission Cancer Center, a $7.5 million capital investment. She has been with the SMH network for more 25 years.
Harrold has an MBA and Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology from William Jewell College. She is a graduate of Leadership Northeast and has served on several community boards including Alliance on Aging, Shawnee Mission Education Foundation, and others. Harrold currently sits on the Board for the Kansas City Area Development Council, and is Board Chair of Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County.
Harrold grew up in Prairie Village and graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School. She was a junior volunteer at SMH for a short time.
Vice President & Chief Nursing
Sheri Hawkins has been with SMH since 1998. Prior to coming to the Kansas City area, she worked for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif. in a variety of leadership roles including Administrative Director of Nursing, Neonatal ICU Nurse Manager and Neonatal Clinical Outreach Coordinator.
In her role, Hawkins is responsible for the effective provision of quality patient care services across the continuum of care through leadership of people, systems and services.
Hawkins is a registered nurse who earned an MBA from the University of La Verne in La Verne, Calif., a Master’s of Science from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif. and a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Missionary College in Collegedale, Tenn.
Hawkins is active in the community serving on various boards including Kansas City Clinical Oncology Program and MOCSA Johnson County Advisory Council. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Kansas Organization of Nurse Leaders and American College of Healthcare Executives.
She resides in Shawnee, Kan where she enjoys gardening and reading in her free time.