OAKLAND, Calif., April 1, 2008 Gregory A. Adams has beennamed president of the Northern California Region for Kaiser Foundation HealthPlan, Inc., and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, effective April 1, announcedBernard J. Tyson, executive vice president of Kaiser Permanente Hospital andHealth Plan Operations. Adams succeeds Mary Ann Thode, who is transitioningout as president of Northern California but will continue to serve as nationalsenior vice president for Kaiser Permanente's Office of the Labor ManagementPartnership until her retirement.
Adams has more than 25 years of experience as a senior health careexecutive and consultant, and he has been with Kaiser Permanente since 1999.He most recently served as Northern California's associate regional presidentand chief operating officer during the past year, with responsibility for thestrategic and operational leadership of a region that serves 3.3 millionmembers and operates 19 hospitals and 183 medical office facilities.
"This appointment is the result of a succession planning process that hasbeen under way since last year," Tyson said. "Greg is a tremendous leaderwith a thorough understanding of the health care field, and he is wellpositioned to succeed Mary Ann Thode in this important role. We are confidenthe will build on the success of the Northern California Region by continuingto assure that we provide our members with the quality care and superiorservice they expect from Kaiser Permanente."
"We have an extremely talented and dedicated team in Northern California,"Adams said. "I look forward to working more closely with them as KaiserPermanente continues to take a leadership role in improving the health careexperience for our members and for our communities."
Adams began his career with Kaiser Permanente in the Southern CaliforniaRegion, where he held a number of leadership positions, including senior vicepresident and service area manager of Kaiser's Tri-Central Area and chiefoperating officer for the region. Before joining the Northern Californiateam, Adams also participated in an executive rotation team with Kaiser's Ohioand Hawaii regions.
Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Adams owned a health care firm thatprovided strategic and operational improvement consulting to hospitals, healthsystems and medical groups throughout the United States. He also served aspresident and CEO of St. Bernadine Medical Center in San Bernardino, Calif.;chief operating officer for Baptist Healthcare System of Southeast Texas;senior vice president of Strategy and Business Development for CatholicHealthcare West in Southern California; and director of Critical Care Servicesfor the Mayo Clinic's St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.
Adams is a member of the National Association of Health ServicesExecutives, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the CaliforniaAssociation of Hospitals and the California Chamber of Commerce.
He holds a Master's Degree in Nursing Administration from Wichita StateUniversity and a Bachelor's Degree from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, andhe started his career as an emergency room nurse at Crawford Long Hospital ofEmory University.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated health plan. Founded in1945, it is a not-for-profit group practice prepayment program headquarteredin Oakland, Calif. Kaiser Permanente serves the health care needs of morethan 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Todayit encompasses the not-for-profit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., KaiserFoundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the for-profit PermanenteMedical Groups. Nationwide, Kaiser Permanente includes approximately 159,000technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and more than13,000 physicians representing all specialties. For more