President & Chief Executive Officer
Hilda Fuentes has been part of the Rodgers Health family since 2005. “Joining Rodgers Health was the best thing I’ve ever done,” Hilda says. In her role as President and Chief Executive Officer, Hilda provides leadership and oversight in all departments, focusing on strategic growth and operations. Ultimately, her goal is to offer the best in patient care and satisfaction, she says.
“I like knowing that I have made a difference in the lives of many people in our community who would otherwise go without health care,” Hilda says. Furthermore, she loves those who serve alongside her. “There are amazing folks who work here and are happy to be giving of themselves to others. They create a joyous place and a welcoming atmosphere.”
Although the work isn’t done, Hilda acknowledges, each day represents a step forward in better quality of life for Rodgers Health patients. “We continually move in the direction of changing people’s lives through health care. It’s meaningful work and it requires courage and dedication and a whole lot of faith. I know this is my mission.”
Hilda received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southeastern University in Washington, D.C., and earned her master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in health care from Eastern Michigan University. In Michigan, Hilda served in leadership for a hospice service and within the Mercy Healthcare System. A new position brought her to Kansas City, where she managed and developed hospice programs here and in Nebraska. Hilda’s next role was initiating diversity services at the Saint Luke’s-Shawnee Mission Health System. She served as the first Development leader at Cabot Westside Clinic, and was the first minority in executive leadership at the Kansas City Health Department.
Hilda is one of six siblings and family is important to her. “My mom taught me how to live with grace and courage,” she smiles. Outside of Rodgers Health, Hilda enjoys the Kansas City arts scene, particularly the Kansas City Symphony, live theatre and concerts.