December 10, 2020

Kaiser Permanente announces new leadership team in Hawaii

Greg Christian and John Yang, MD, will lead the region in providing high-quality care to members and patients.

Contact: Laura M. Lott
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HONOLULU — The state’s largest integrated health care system today announced a new leadership team to continue the Kaiser Permanente mission of providing high-quality care and services to members, patients, and the Hawaii community. Greg Christian, president, Hawaii Market, Kaiser Permanente Health Plan and Hospitals, and John Yang, MD, president and medical director, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, are taking on new roles with direct responsibility for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii operations.

Christian brings over 38 years of health care leadership experience, with a strong background in health care delivery, operations, finance, and people development. Prior to his new role, Christian served as senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente’s San Bernardino County Service Area in California, leading the opening and directing operations of 2 state-of-the-art hospitals: Kaiser Permanente Ontario and Fontana medical centers. He led the service area to several quality and service awards, delivering high-quality, affordable care and coverage to over 636,000 Southern California members. Christian graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, with a bachelor’s degree in business and economics, and received his MBA with an emphasis in health care management from American InterContinental University in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Dr. Yang has been a Permanente physician with Southern California Permanente Medical Group since 2001 and the physician director for primary care operations for SCPMG in Orange County since 2015. He was accountable for and led high performance in all aspects of care delivery and operations provided by 360 primary care physicians providing care to 580,000 Kaiser Permanente members in 17 primary care medical offices and 3 urgent care locations. He is a family medicine physician by training and received his medical degree from Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Yang completed his residency in family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine/Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., and was a fellow in medical informatics and faculty development. He was named Family Physician of the Year for Kaiser Permanente Orange County and also received the Parke-Davis Resident Teacher of the Year award.

Kaiser Permanente has been a part of the islands’ health care infrastructure for more than 60 years. This leadership change and a closer working relationship with Kaiser Permanente Southern California will help to ensure long-term sustainability for many years to come. 

“Greg’s longstanding tenure at Kaiser Permanente positions him to effectively leverage the scale, systems, and experience of our Southern California Region, while honoring the legacy and expertise that is part of our 60-year history in Hawaii,” said Julie Miller-Phipps, president for Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Hawaii Health Plan and Hospitals. “I am confident he and John will guide the region to financial sustainability while continuing to deliver on our commitment to improve the health and well-being of the communities that we serve.”

“John is committed to excellence in patient care and service. He brings with him a truly collaborative spirit, and he values the importance of connection and community in providing exceptional health care,” said Ed Ellison, MD, executive medical director and chairman of the board for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group and chairman and CEO of the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group. “I’m confident that these qualities, combined with more than 20 years of clinical practice as a family physician, will further elevate Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s outstanding track record for high-quality care.”

Christian and Dr. Yang succeed Ron Vance, interim regional president for Kaiser Permanente of Hawaii, and Geoff Sewell, MD, president and executive medical director for Hawaii Permanente Medical Group.

About Kaiser Permanente

For 75 years, Kaiser Permanente has been committed to shaping the future of health and health care — and helping our members, patients, and communities experience more healthy years. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Since July 21, 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission has been to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.4 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group 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.