Kaiser Foundation Hospital And Health Plan Begin Search

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente announced today that it has selected an executive recruitment firm to conduct the search for chairman and chief executive officer of the organization. The search is to find the permanent successor to chairman and CEO, George Halvorson, who last week announced his plans to retire at the end of 2013.

"George is a highly effective chairman and CEO, and it will not be easy to fill his shoes," said Kim J. Kaiser, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan board member. "Within Kaiser Permanente, we are fortunate to have skilled and talented leaders. To ensure we cast a wide net, we will engage in a nationwide search to select a new chairman and CEO."

The bylaws of the organization require that the board of directors select the chairman and CEO of the board for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. Judith Johansen, JD, board member since 2006, will chair the process.

"Kaiser Permanente has accomplished amazing things due in great part to George Halvorson's vision and leadership," said Thomas W. Chapman, MPH, EdD, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan board member since 1994. "As we search for a new chairman and CEO, we will be looking for someone who has the skills and experience to manage a large health care organization, including both the health plan and care delivery system. We also are looking for someone with the experience and vision to lead the organization through what will continue to be an evolving health care environment."

Questions about the search should be directed to Tom Giella at Korn/Ferry International.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 9 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter.

Contact: Patrice L. Smith, Kaiser Permanente, 510-271-6813

SOURCE Kaiser Permanente