Dr. Trueblood Was Instrumental in Medical Center Expansion
Saint Francis Medical Center announces that after 35 years of dedicated practice, Michael C. Trueblood, MD, orthopedic surgeon and Saint Francis Board member, has elected to retire.
“For decades, Trueblood served this Medical Center and the entire Cape Girardeau community with skill and grace,” says Steven C. Bjelich, FACHE-D, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Francis. “We are incredibly proud of his many accomplishments as a physician and board member, and we wish him well with his future endeavors.”
In 1978, after completing his medical degree, internship and residency at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. – in addition to a special projects residency in kinesiology at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Downey, Calif. – Trueblood moved to Cape Girardeau and started his career as an orthopedic surgeon at Saint Francis.
For the next 35 years, Trueblood, his wife, Mary, and their two children would grow along with Saint Francis. Their daughter, Emily, was born three days after the family’s arrival in Cape Girardeau. Their son, Andrew C. Trueblood, MD, would follow in his father’s footsteps as an orthopedic surgeon at Saint Francis. Meanwhile, Saint Francis continued to add more physicians, more facilities and more technological breakthroughs to complete its transformation into a regional leader.
“When I arrived, it was the beginning of a new era in Cape Girardeau,” says Trueblood. “I hit the ground running. Nobody was holding me back, saying, ‘No, you can’t do that.’ It was shock to be as busy as I was, but it was such a wonderful opportunity.”
For Trueblood, being a great father and physician wasn’t enough. Wanting to give something back to a medical community that had given so much to him, he joined the Saint Francis Board in 1987. Helping the hospital expand for a new generation has been immensely fulfilling for him.
“Being a Board member has been a rich experience for me,” he says. “I’ve enjoyed the people, enjoyed the effort. It’s been a great privilege. In the past 12 or 14 years, the Board finally got it together where everybody was working toward the same goals, the same procedures, the same devotion to quality. It’s really exciting seeing something come together like that, seeing Saint Francis get better and better and truly become national class.”
“As a member of the Board, Trueblood was instrumental in helping Saint Francis expand in size and scope these past few decades,” says Dennis Marchi, Saint Francis Board chair. “We would not be so successful as a Board and Medical Center without dedicated physicians like him.”
As excited as he is about spending more time with his family, Trueblood will miss his Saint Francis family. “The greatest highlight of my career is the quality of people I got to work with,” he says. “I think the people of Saint Francis are just wonderful. It’s a very tight, collegial, affectionate relationship. I depend on them, and I treasure their friendship. The relationship in the medical community is so much more benign than any place I’ve ever heard of. It’s a community that embraces new physicians.”