On Tuesday, February 5th, several Kaiser Permanente leaders headed to the Maryland State House in Annapolis to share our 21st century health care model, along with our support for key health-related policies, with legislators from across the state. This day, which was spearheaded by Government Relations, Account Management, and Community Health, was a first for Kaiser Permanente, but certainly won’t be the last.
Kim Horn, Regional President, and Bruce Wollman, MD, Associate Medical Director, provided an overview of our exceptional health care in Maryland, this region, and across the country. They shared the power of our more than 9,000 employees and 1,600 physicians, working together in state-of-the-art facilities to care for nearly 800,000 people.
More than 25 delegates attended the event, thanks to outreach from Government Relations an other Kaiser Permanente leaders, and many more sent staff in their place. Several Delegates shared their appreciation for Kaiser Permanente, including Terri Hill, MD (Baltimore and Howard Counties), Nick Charles (Prince Georges County), Mark Chang (Anne Arundel County), Pam Queen (Montgomery County), and Sheryl Glenn (Baltimore City). It was especially fun to hear from Delegate Heather Bagnall (Annapolis), who once worked on Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theater Program team.
We didn’t just talk about our great work, though – we showed it off. We brought our own mini Kaiser Permanente health fair. Doc Broc walked the halls, taking more than 250 photos by his count, and starting some great conversations about healthy eating and more. The mobile van was on site, along with two nurses, offering no-cost screenings and flu shots. Jennifer Facteau, Regional Director of Behavioral Health, shared information with attendees on an array of mental health topics. Community Health attended in force, including CH Executive Director Celeste James, to share some of the great work we are doing in partnership with communities across Maryland. Our regional Supplier Diversity lead, Audrey Johnson, shared information about her work to leverage our procurement and purchasing to support small and diverse businesses to build a stronger economy for all.
Thank you for all you do, every day, to provide exceptional care and service to our members and each other, which is what makes events like this possible.