OAKLAND, Calif. – Bernard J. Tyson, Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO, has been named the second most influential leader in health care by Modern Healthcare, a leading industry publication. President Barack Obama was named No. 1 on the list.
This is the third consecutive year Tyson has been recognized as the top health care CEO on the prestigious list. Tyson is cited for his “enduring influence” over the past year and for Kaiser Permanente “expanding its influence in healthcare delivery with the opening of its first medical school, expected by fall 2019.”
“I am hononed to be recognized among the most influential leaders in health care,” said Tyson. “Modern Healthcare’s annual ranking is a testament to the leaders who are working every day to impact health care for millions of Americans. The 200,000 employees and 19,000 physicians at Kaiser Permanente made my recognition possible, and together we are transforming the future of health.”
Under Tyson’s leadership, Kaiser Permanente serves as a model for the future of health through its industry-leading approach that is transforming care for the 21st century. The organization continues its commitment to delivering quality care through innovation and technology rooted in patient-centered design and service. In the past year, Kaiser Permanente conducted nearly 59 million telehealth visits. In addition, Kaiser Permanente plans to launch its own school of medicine and to acquire Seattle-based Group Health. Tyson has also continued to champion specialty drug pricing reform and has advocated for greater dialogue on mental health nationally.
Eugene Washington, MD, president and CEO of Duke University Health System and member of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals boards of directors is recognized as No. 88 on the Modern Healthcare List.
Now in its 15th year, Modern Healthcare’s annual “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list continues to honor individuals who make a significant impact on both the health care industry and within their organizations.