OAKLAND, Calif. — Gregory A. Adams, executive vice president, has been appointed group president to lead all Kaiser Permanente regions of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc. In this role, Adams will have responsibility for driving greater alignment and consistency across Kaiser Permanente’s seven regions. All current regional presidents will now report to Adams. Adams reports directly to Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson.
“At Kaiser Permanente, we are fortunate to deliver health and health care for nearly 11 million Americans, and we have an obligation to deliver the best care experience everywhere and every time,” said Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. “Aligning our regions under a single leader will accelerate our efforts to deliver a single Kaiser Permanente experience and Greg Adams, is the right leader. Greg began his career as a critical care nurse and understands the care delivery system. As a business leader, Greg brings exceptional understanding of both regional and national operations to deliver on quality, accessibility and affordability.”
Adams was appointed president of the Northern California Region for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc. in April 2008. In January 2012, Adams was named group president, assuming additional responsibility for the Mid-Atlantic Region and various national initiatives. In July 2013, Adams was appointed executive vice president. In addition to his regional president and group president responsibilities, he serves on the organization's National Executive Team and Executive Committee.
“I’ve had the honor to work across multiple Kaiser Permanente geographies and I’ve seen first-hand that health care must be local to individual communities. At the same time, Kaiser Permanente has the responsibility to share our collective expertise to advance health nationally,” said Adams. I am excited to lead this important work with our regional presidents.”
Adams has more than 25 years of leadership experience as a senior health care executive and strategic consultant. He started his career with Kaiser Permanente in Southern California in 1999 and has held a number of executive leadership positions within the organization. In the Southern California Region, he served as senior vice president and service area manager of the tri-central area and chief operating officer for the region. In 2007 he moved to Northern California, where he was associate regional president and chief operating officer before being named president. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Adams was senior vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Catholic Healthcare West in Southern California; president and CEO of St. Bernadine Medical Center in San Bernardino, Calif.; chief operating officer for Baptist Healthcare System of Southeast Texas; and director of Critical Care Services for the Mayo Clinic’s St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He also owned a health care firm that provided strategic and operational improvement consulting for health care organizations.
Adams is past chair of the California Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees and serves on the executive committee. He is a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives and also serves on the board of directors for the California Chamber of Commerce.
Adams has a bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and a master’s degree in nursing administration from Wichita State University.
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, Kaiser Permanente has a mission 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 10 million members in eight 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.