March 21, 2016

A new president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado

Proven health care leader looks forward to strengthening health in the Centennial state

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente announced today that Roland Lyon has been named president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado.

Lyon brings to this role 25 years of leadership experience in health care, including 14 years at Kaiser Permanente. Most recently he served as vice president of Strategy, Market Expansion and Network Operations for Kaiser Permanente Colorado, leading the organization’s expansions and new growth opportunities.

“It is an exciting time for leadership in health care and at Kaiser Permanente. Roland is well prepared for this new leadership role,” said Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. “Roland understands the complexities of the market and the ever-growing demands of consumers. He has demonstrated his ability to develop and execute on strategy, build collaborative relationships and deliver positive results. I look forward to his contributions to Colorado and to our entire organization.”

Lyon will report directly to Donna Lynne, DrPH, executive vice president, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and group president responsible for Colorado as well as the Northwest and Hawaii regions.

“Roland is a great fit for this role. His significant experience in developing strategy, building relationships with physicians and hospitals and leading expansion efforts have made a lasting impact on the Colorado region,” said Lynne. “With Roland’s leadership and commitment to our members, employees and physicians in Colorado we will continue to be a model for delivering high-quality and affordable health care.”

“I'm incredibly honored and truly humbled to be asked to serve in this capacity,” Lyon said. “Kaiser Permanente has a proud history of more than 70 years, including 47 years of serving the people of Colorado. I'm looking forward to building upon this legacy as we work to bring our nonprofit mission to new members and additional communities in this great state.”

Roland joined Kaiser Permanente in 2002 as vice president of Consulting Services and then Consulting and Capital Planning in Northern California before serving as vice president, Strategic Planning in Kaiser Permanente’s national Program Offices.

He began his tenure in Colorado in 2006, moving from executive director of Regional Strategy to vice president of Regional Strategy and Performance before leading Strategy, Market Expansion and Network Operations. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Roland served in leadership roles at Catholic Healthcare West (now Dignity Health) and with BDC Advisors, LLC.

Kaiser Permanente Colorado provides health care and coverage to more than 675,000 members. The top-rated health plan recently expanded into Colorado’s mountain communities for the first time, offering new options and choice for high quality and affordable health care services. Kaiser Permanente Colorado is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan and operates 30 medical offices across the state — from Pueblo to Greeley and now in the mountains in Summit and Eagle counties.

Kaiser Permanente is a nationally recognized leader in care quality, patient safety and member satisfaction. Kaiser Permanente Colorado has earned Medicare 5 Stars for six years in a row and has been recognized as Colorado’s top ranked health plan by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, for the last seven years.

About Kaiser Permanente

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