Julie Miller-Phipps is president of Kaiser Permanente Southern California Health Plan and Hospitals. She directs Hospital and Health Plan operations and partners with the leadership of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group to improve the health of more than 4.6 million members and their communities in an area that extends from Bakersfield to San Diego. More than 75,000 employees collaborate with the 7,600-plus Southern California Permanente Medical Group physicians to deliver high-quality, affordable care through this region’s 15 hospitals and 233 medical offices. Miller-Phipps, who has more than 3 decades of health care leadership experience, was appointed to this position in August 2016.
In addition to her operations responsibilities, Miller-Phipps oversees funding and grants for programs that cultivate improvements in the economic, social, and environmental factors that strengthen the quality of health in Southern California. Annually, this equates to nearly $1 billion in support of Kaiser Permanente’s mission to help communities thrive.
Prior to her current role, Miller-Phipps was appointed president of Kaiser Permanente Georgia in 2014. She was responsible for the delivery of health care to nearly 300,000 Kaiser Permanente members served through a network of 26 medical offices and specialty centers, as well as 4 contracted hospitals. She oversaw 2,600 employees and worked closely with the 500 physicians of the Southeast Permanente Medical Group to strengthen the medical-management partnership for which Kaiser Permanente has become a model.
From 2002 to 2014, Miller-Phipps served as senior vice president and executive director for Kaiser Permanente’s Orange County Service Area in California where she directed Health Plan and Hospitals operations, supported by nearly 7,000 staff and 760 Permanente physicians, to provide care to more than 489,000 members.
Miller-Phipps earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton, and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of La Verne. She also completed the Executive Advanced Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina, and the University of Southern California Advanced Leadership Program.
An active member of the community, Miller-Phipps serves on the American Hospital Association Policy Board, where she represents Kaiser Permanente, and she sits on the board of directors and executive committee for the California Hospital Association and the Presidential Health Advisory Council at the University of La Verne. She also serves on the board of directors for the Southern California Leadership Council and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles; sits on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Choice Awards; and is a member of The Trusteeship and the International Women’s Forum.
Miller-Phipps has been honored for her community and professional leadership and was one of 11 area leaders inducted into the 2016 YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. She was named one of the Orange County Business Journal’s “Top 50 Most Influential Business Leaders” for 3 years in a row; 1 of 14 “Game Changers” by the Orange County Register for her significant contributions to the Orange County business landscape; one of the “Hot 25 Women in Business” by the Orange County Business Journal for her outstanding leadership and business acumen; and one of the Orange County Register’s “100 Most Influential People in Orange County.”