March 28, 2014

Liang named COO in N. California; Barnes president in Hawaii

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente announced today that Janet Liang, president of the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Region, has been promoted to chief operating officer of Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Region. In this new role, Liang will be responsible for advancing the strategy and leading the operations for the large, complex region, which has 3.4 million members and 21 medical centers.

Liang joined Kaiser Permanente Hawaii in 2007 and has led a number of initiatives resulting in the organization’s growth including significant clinic and hospital upgrades, improving member service, strengthening the region’s financial success in a challenging economic and regulatory environment, and partnering with the medical group to achieve the highest quality rankings. Liang will begin her new role in June.

Mary Ann Barnes has been named as the new president to succeed Liang in the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Region, including the 278-bed hospital, 20 medical facilities, and more than 4,400 employees and physicians. She will work closely with Executive Medical Director Geoffrey Sewell, MD, who leads the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group.

Barnes brings more than 30 years of medical and leadership expertise to her new role. Currently, she is senior vice president and executive director for Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s San Diego service area, which includes Kaiser Permanente’s 414-bed acute care hospital and 24 medical offices. As senior executive, Barnes’ responsibilities included oversight of all health care delivery, financial operations, business strategy, and health plan and hospital support functions.

“Janet and Mary Ann are two strong leaders within Kaiser Permanente who are being recognized with new leadership opportunities based on the success they have delivered to the organization,” said Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and chief executive officer. “As Janet moves into her new role, I want to thank her for her many contributions to the Hawaii Region and express my confidence in Mary Ann’s ability to continue the many advancements that have been launched in Hawaii in the past few years.”

Janet Liang Janet Liang, chief operating officer for Kaiser Permanente Northern California

“I’m proud to have worked alongside my colleagues at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii who strive diligently every day to deliver the best care to our members,” said Liang. “I am deeply grateful for the many friendships that I have here in Hawaii. I’ve learned much from the business community and will take that with me in my new role. At the same time, I know Mary Ann’s deep experience in health care and commitment to partnering with community and business leaders will allow Kaiser Permanente to further its leadership in the market. I am looking forward to introducing her to our many partners, colleagues and customers in the coming weeks."

In 1974, Barnes joined Kaiser Permanente as a staff (ICU) nurse in San Diego and has held positions of progressive responsibility within Kaiser Permanente’s Southern and Northern California regions since that time. In her most recent position as senior vice president and area manager of Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Clara Service Area, Barnes led health plan and hospital operations for Santa Clara, including the opening of the new Santa Clara Medical Center in August 2007. From 2000 to 2006, she served as the medical group administrator for the Los Angeles Medical Center and associated medical offices in East Los Angeles, Glendale and Pasadena, serving more than 260,000 members.

Prior to that, Barnes served as medical group administrator for the West Los Angeles Medical Center, where she oversaw an annual operating budget of $124 million as well as 1,200 employees and 210 physicians. Barnes earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Arizona State University, and her master of science in nursing from San Diego State University. She also attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Leadership Program and Stanford University’s Executive Business Program.

About Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

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