Bernard J. Tyson is chief executive officer of Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s most innovative integrated health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. With annual operating revenue of more than $50 billion, Kaiser Permanente serves 9.1 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. During Tyson’s nearly 30-year career at Kaiser Permanente, he has successfully managed all major aspects of the organization.
Since 2010, Tyson has served as president and chief operating officer of the Oakland, California-based health care organization. Under his leadership, Kaiser Permanente has delivered on its “Thrive” promise by bringing a fully integrated approach to health care and coverage that is helping members to achieve their aspirations of total health. Tyson believes Kaiser Permanente’s ability to deliver quality and affordable care through a combination of prevention, innovation and integrated care can serve as the model for the future of health care in America. Today, the strength of Kaiser Permanente’s approach is evident in the significant increase in consolidation and partnerships across the health care industry designed to create greater integration between health plans, hospitals and medical practices.
As CEO, Tyson is dedicated to ensuring Kaiser Permanente is recognized for its accomplishments both as a leader in preventive care, and as a center of excellence in treating serious health conditions. Today, Kaiser Permanente’s more than 175,000 employees and 17,000 physicians deliver some of the best cancer care, cardiovascular care and neuroscience outcomes while also leading the nation in infection prevention, cancer screenings, patient safety and quality. Tyson has been a strong advocate for the elimination of health care disparities among individuals by using data aggregated from members’ electronic medical records to determine the most effective treatment for optimal outcomes. He is dedicated to upholding Kaiser Permanente’s mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services for all the organization’s members and to improve the health of members and communities served.
During Tyson’s career at Kaiser Permanente, he has served in roles from hospital administrator to division president, leading Kaiser Permanente’s business in California and in its other regions. Before his current position, he served as executive vice president for Health Plan and Hospital Operations, responsible for both the care and coverage for members within one of the nation’s largest health plans and hospital systems — 38 Kaiser Permanente-owned hospitals and more than 600 medical offices across America.
A San Francisco Bay Area native, Tyson earned a Bachelor of Science in health service management and a Master of Business in health service administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He earned a leadership certificate from Harvard University. He serves on the board of directors of the American Heart Association and as chairman of the board of the Executive Leadership Council.