Bernard J. Tyson, Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO, has been named the second most influential leader in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine. President Barack Obama is No. 1 on the list.
Modern Healthcare, which released its annual list Monday, noted that Tyson is the highest-ranking newcomer to the 2014 roster. It cited his urgent call for health care companies to “turn this sickness industry upside down” and shift their focus to helping Americans live healthier lives.
“There’s no question that we have to acknowledge that our patients are now ‘customers’ and they are starting to behave that way, just like in any other industry,” the magazine quoted Tyson as saying. “That means improving quality, service and affordability, while finding new ways of achieving better health for the American people.”
“With President Obama, I respect the fact that he truly believes that health care of the highest quality should be accessible to every single American,” Tyson said.
Tyson, a San Francisco Bay Area native, has nearly 30 years of hospital and health plan experience with Kaiser Permanente. He has managed all major aspects of the organization, serving in roles from hospital administrator to division president, while leading Kaiser Permanente’s operations in California and in other regions. He serves on the board of directors of the American Heart Association and recently completed service as chair of the Executive Leadership Council (2012-2014).
Prior to becoming CEO in July 2013, Tyson served as president and chief operating officer.