OAKLAND, Calif. (Dec. 10) – Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO George Halvorson announced today that Bernard J. Tyson, executive vice president, has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of the organization.
Halvorson continues as both chairman and CEO. Tyson will continue to report to Halvorson.
“Bernard has functioned as the chief operating officer of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan’s regions for the past four years,” Halvorson said. “He has been a solid and successful leader. As the head of our hospital systems, he was a key factor in Kaiser Foundation Hospitals winning 16 of the 53 hospital excellence awards given out last week by The Leapfrog Group.”
Before overseeing the regional operations and hospitals, Tyson led the effort to enhance the Kaiser Permanente brand, and was instrumental in the creation of the Thrive campaign. Tyson has more than two decades of operations and hospital experience — including running several Kaiser Permanente hospitals. Kaiser Permanente is a $42 billion company with 8.6 million members, 164,000 employees and 489 facilities.
“I am honored to take on this role and continue partnering with the wonderful people of Kaiser Permanente to advance our leadership in quality and prevention," said Tyson.
Tyson earned his bachelor’s degree and Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in health care from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Tyson serves as vice chair for the Executive Leadership Council — a leadership network and advocacy organization whose membership is made up of African-American senior executives from the nation’s Fortune 500 corporations. Tyson has been recognized for his work both within and outside of health care.
In 2010 he was named one of the 25 most influential African Americans in health care by Black Health magazine and one of the top 25 minority executives in the nation by Modern Healthcare. In 2007 Golden Gate University recognized him as “Alumni of the Year.” In 2001 he received the NAACP’s Freedom Fund Award. Tyson serves on the board of Occidental College in California and the American Heart Association. He is actively engaged in many philanthropic and community-based events and supports numerous charitable activities.
“Bernard’s successes with our hospital systems and quality awards make him the perfect person to assume the president role at this extremely important time in our history,” Halvorson said. “Health care reform will only succeed if care does, in fact, improve. Bernard is entirely committed to that improvement agenda.”
Source: Kaiser Permanente