Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Hospitals, known as Kaiser Permanente, has named Gregory A. Adams its new chairman and CEO, with Adams having previously served in that role on an interim basis following the death in November of former CEO Bernard J. Tyson.
Before his interim appointment, Adams was Kaiser Permanente's executive vice president and group president.
WHAT'S THE IMPACT
According to a statement from Kaiser Permanente, Adams brings with him 30 years of leadership experience as a senior healthcare executive, and has been key to strengthening the company's culture. His role as executive vice president and group president, which began in 2016, meant he had direct responsibility for health plan and hospital operations in all eight Kaiser Permanente regions.
Adams' accomplishments include co-leading Enterprise Shared Services to serve the operational needs of those regions and, leading Kaiser Permanente's national Medicare care delivery strategy. Prior to that, he was named regional president of Kaiser Permanente for Northern California in April 2008. In July 2013, he was appointed executive vice president.
Adams is past chair of the California Hospital Association's Board of Trustees and serves on the Executive Committee. He's a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives and The Executive Leadership Council, and also serves on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and the American Nurses Foundation. He's a past member of the California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
THE LARGER TREND
Adams replaces the late Tyson, whose career with Kaiser Permanente spanned more than 30 years; he had served as CEO since 2013.
TIME included him on its list of the most influential people in the world and named him one of the Health Care 50. He was also on Fast Company's list of most creative people.
ON THE RECORD
"Mr. Adams is an accomplished leader with deep experience across Kaiser Permanente's health plan and hospital operations," said Edward Pei, chair of the Executive Committee and Governance, Accountability, and Nominating Committee of the Boards of Directors. "The board's decision to name Mr. Adams to the position demonstrates Kaiser Permanente's strong internal succession planning process. For more than a decade, Mr. Adams worked on a wide variety of major initiatives and areas of focus, and has led Kaiser Permanente's work on growing membership, affordability for our members, and transforming and expanding access to care."
"It is truly an honor to be named chairman and CEO of this amazing organization and follow Bernard. He was an exceptional leader who was passionate about and dedicated to Kaiser Permanente," said Adams. "Kaiser Permanente will continue to move forward together to deliver on our mission: providing high-quality, affordable health care services, improving the health of our members and the communities we serve, and transforming American health and healthcare."