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Kaiser Permanente names new chairman and CEO

- —Alex Kacik

Gregory Adams has replaced the late Bernard Tyson as chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente.

Adams has overseen health plan and hospital operations in all eight of the Oakland, Calif.-based system’s regions since 2016 as executive vice president and group president. He was immediatel­y named interim CEO after Tyson unexpected­ly died in his sleep about a month ago. Tyson was 60 years old.

Adams first joined Kaiser in Southern California in 1999. He moved to Northern California in 2007 and was named regional president the following year.

Tyson, who had led Kaiser since 2013, was one of the most prominent healthcare executives in the country and a leader of healthcare reform. Under his leadership, the system’s rolls grew 32% from 9.3 million to 12.2 million members, and from $53 billion to $83 billion in annual revenue, up 56%.

Kaiser’s net income totaled $1.2 billion in the third quarter, up 32% compared with $884 million in the third quarter of 2018, according to Modern Healthcare’s financial database.

Kaiser said it will name its new medical school after Tyson. The Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine will welcome its inaugural class in Pasadena, Calif., next summer.

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