Kathy Gerwig is vice president of Employee Safety, Health and Wellness and environmental stewardship officer at Kaiser Permanente. She is responsible for developing, organizing and managing a nationwide environmental initiative for Kaiser Permanente, a leading health care provider and not-for-profit health plan/hospital system serving 11.7 million members in the United States.
Under her leadership, Kaiser Permanente has become widely recognized as an environmental leader. Gerwig has testified to the U.S. Congress on the need for federal chemical policy reform. Her book “Greening Health Care, How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet,” examines the critical role health care organizations can play in addressing serious environmental threats to health.
Gerwig is also responsible for eliminating workplace injuries, promoting healthy lifestyle choices, and reducing health risks for the organization’s employees and physicians. She oversees the national departments of workplace safety, workforce wellness, integrated disability management, employee assistance programs and environmental, health and safety.
Gerwig is on the boards of several non-governmental organizations focused on safety, health and environmental sustainability in health care.