Ruth Williams-Brinkley

Regional President, Northwest
Ruth Williams-Brinkley, President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals of the Northwest

Ruth Williams-Brinkley is president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals of the Northwest. In this role, Williams-Brinkley oversees all of Kaiser Permanente’s care delivery and health plan operations in Oregon and markets in Vancouver and Longview/Kelso, Washington. The Northwest Region operates hospitals, medical centers, and 21 dental offices and has medical members and approximately 300,000 dental members.

Williams-Brinkley reports to the group president for markets outside California, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals.

Williams-Brinkley joined Kaiser Permanente in November 2017. Prior to that she served as CEO of KentuckyOne Health, Kentucky’s largest integrated health system. KentuckyOne was a division of Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems. KentuckyOne was created in 2012 by the merger of Jewish Hospital & Saints Mary and Elizabeth HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In 2013, the University of Louisville Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center joined KentuckyOne after a successful state-approved public procurement process.

Williams-Brinkley successfully oversaw post-merger systems integration and optimization and expanded signature programs in heart and cancer care for the benefit of citizens across Kentucky.

Prior to her tenure with KentuckyOne, Williams-Brinkley served as president and CEO of Carondelet Health Network in Tucson, Arizona, and as president and CEO of Memorial Healthcare System in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Williams-Brinkley has appeared on Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare and Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare lists and was named one of Becker’s most admired CEOs.

She holds bachelor’s and Master of Science degrees from DePaul University, and an honorary doctoral degree from Spalding University.