Gregory A. Adams is executive vice president and group president reporting to the Chairman and CEO. He has direct responsibility for all eight Kaiser Permanente Regions, serving more than 11.3 million members and operating 38 hospitals and 651 medical office facilities. Adams’ accountabilities include co-leading Enterprise Shared Services to serve the operational needs of the regions and leading Kaiser Permanente’s national Medicare care delivery strategy. He also has responsibility for the organization’s partnership with the National Basketball Association, the first-ever health care partnership with the NBA.
Adams was appointed president of the Northern California Region for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc. in April 2008. In January 2011, Adams was named one of the organization’s group presidents, assuming additional responsibility for the Mid-Atlantic Region and various national initiatives. In July 2013, Adams was appointed executive vice president and in April 2016, he was named group president for Kaiser Permanente’s seven regions. In addition to his group president responsibilities, he serves on the organization’s National Executive Team and Executive Committee.
Adams has 30 years of leadership experience as a senior health care executive and strategic consultant. He started his career with Kaiser Permanente in Southern California in 1999 and has held a number of executive leadership positions within the organization. In the Southern California Region, he served as senior vice president and service area manager of the Tri-Central area and chief operating officer for the region. In 2007 he moved to Northern California, where he was associate regional president and chief operating officer before being named president.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Adams held several executive roles in the health care industry, providing strategic and operational leadership for hospitals, health systems and medical groups throughout the country. He was senior vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Catholic Healthcare West in Southern California; president and CEO of St. Bernadine Medical Center in San Bernardino, California; chief operating officer for Baptist Healthcare System of Southeast Texas; and director of Critical Care Services for the Mayo Clinic’s St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He also owned a health care firm that provided strategic and operational improvement consulting for health care organizations.
Adams is past chair of the California Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees and serves on the executive committee. He is a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives and also serves on the board of directors for the California Chamber of Commerce.
Adams has a bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and a master’s degree in nursing administration from Wichita State University. He speaks regularly on issues related to management, leadership and health care delivery and financing.