KPMAS Named Organization of the Year for Work to Advance Health Equity


By Shana Selender

Friday, August 11th, 2017, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States (KPMAS) received the Organization of the Year award from the Baltimore Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), at their regional conference gala. Jason McCarthy, Vice President for KPMAS’ Baltimore Service Area, accepted the award in recognition of our work to advance health equity in the health care setting. Twelve students who participated in NAHSE’s internship program, were also honored for excellence in various fields of health care. KPMAS was among seven organizations to host a summer intern.

NAHSE is a non-profit association of minority health care executives whose mission is to promote the advancement and development of health care leaders as well as elevating the quality of health care services rendered to minority and underserved communities.

Several members of Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit team also attended NAHSE’s conference and participated in conversations focused on anticipated changes in the current health care landscape, and ways to navigate the downstream impacts of health reform.

Celeste James, Director of Community Health for Kaiser Permanente, Mid-Atlantic, joined the Luncheon panel on health equity with other leading voices in the field. Dr. Samuel Ross, CEO of Bon Secours Health System-Baltimore moderated and other panelists included: Dr. Mohan Suntha, CEO, University of Maryland, School of Medicine; Richelle Webb Dixon NAHSE National President-Elect and Natalie Burke, President and CEO, CommonHealth ACTION.

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