Susan Mullaney

Regional President, Washington
Susan Mullaney

Susan Mullaney is the president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington.

In this role, Mullaney oversees all aspects of the care delivery and health plan operations for Kaiser Permanente in Washington. The Washington Region operates medical facilities and has more than members.

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

Mullaney began her career at Kaiser Permanente in 2008.

Prior to her current role, Mullaney served as chief operating officer for the Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region. From 2013 to 2015, she served as that region’s vice president of hospital operations and was accountable for operations at 2 hospitals and the region’s networks and ambulatory surgery centers.

In 2008, she was appointed hospital administrator at Sunnyside Medical Center near Portland, Oregon. She oversaw the expansion of the facility and the opening of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Heart and Vascular Care, which scored among the highest possible for quality, in all U.S. heart centers, from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. She also oversaw the opening of Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center in 2013, which was the organization's first to earn Gold LEED certification for energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design.

Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Mullaney served in several leadership positions, including corporate vice president of strategic service lines and regional surgical services, and vice president of hospital operations and cardiovascular, surgical services lines at Fairview Health Services, a 7-hospital system based in Minneapolis.

She also served as director of provider relations and contracting at Vivius, Inc., a venture capital-funded start-up. Mullaney worked extensively with specialty care services at the University of Minnesota and Fairview Health Services.

She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and represents Kaiser Permanente at the International Federation of Health Plans' Executive Development Programme, which includes a respected cohort of global health care leaders.

Mullaney serves on several local boards of directors, including Challenge Seattle, vice chair of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Saltchuk, Washington STEM, Washington Roundtable and the Washington Healthcare Forum. She is also an appointed member of Governor Inslee’s Career Connect Washington Task Force.

Mullaney received a master's degree in health care policy and management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a bachelor's degree from Eastern Connecticut State University.