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Kaiser Permanente Announces New Physician Leadership Roles in Northern Colorado

August 6, 2014

Patrick Kusek, MD Patrick Kusek, MD, market medical director for Kaiser Permanente’s Northern Colorado service area.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Kaiser Permanente Colorado, the state’s largest not-for-profit health plan, today announced new roles for two of its physician leaders in Northern Colorado.

Patrick Kusek, MD, will assume the role of market medical director for Kaiser Permanente’s Northern Colorado service area. In this role, Dr. Kusek will serve as the physician lead for overall expansion and operations for Kaiser Permanente’s physician group, the Colorado Permanente Medical Group. Dr. Kusek will have responsibility for membership growth, quality of care and service, as well as medical office operations.

Dr. Kusek is a board certified pediatrician. He joined Kaiser Permanente in 1998 and has served as the health plan’s primary care area operations chief in Northern Colorado since 2011. Dr. Kusek is a Colorado native who grew up in Longmont.

Diane Lanese, MD

Diane Lanese, MD, physician director of Contracting and Provider Relations, Kaiser Permanente Colorado.

Diane Lanese, MD, will continue her leadership in Northern Colorado as the physician director of Contracting and Provider Relations. In this position, Dr. Lanese will serve as the physician lead for Kaiser Permanente’s network of more than 400 providers. She has been instrumental in establishing provider partnerships with Banner Health and multiple affiliated provider groups.

Dr. Lanese is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. She has served as the regional department chief of Nephrology for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group since 2004. Since 2011, Dr. Lanese has been responsible for contracting and developing effective network provider relationships. She will continue to build these partnerships and ensure that the care being delivered by Kaiser Permanente partners in Northern Colorado is of exceptional quality.

Dr. Lanese is passionate about increasing access to health care and has volunteered with a medical missionary group to provide medical care in developing countries.

About Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Kaiser Permanente Colorado is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, proudly working to improve the lives and health of Colorado residents for 45 years. Kaiser Permanente Colorado provides comprehensive health care services to more than 615,000 members through 28 medical offices and a network of affiliated hospitals and physicians. The health plan was named “Highest in Member Satisfaction” among Commercial Health Plans by J.D. Power and Associates for the seventh straight year. Kaiser Permanente was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the top-ranked commercial health plan in Colorado and the fourth ranked Medicare plan in the nation. Kaiser Permanente was also recently recognized as a 2012 Hypertension Champion by Million Hearts™. In 2013, Kaiser Permanente proudly directed more than $96 million to community benefit programs to improve the health of all Coloradans. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit or follow us on Twitter @kpcolorado or