As executive vice president for health plan and hospital operations for Kaiser Permanente, Bernard Tyson leads a team of presidents who run the managed-care giant’s eight regions. Tyson, 51, is also accountable for all aspects of patient care, and is the senior executive for Kaiser’s 29 hospitals, 400 medical office buildings and a workforce of 150,000 employees. He has overseen the opening of 14 hospitals and 55 medical office buildings as part of Kaiser Permanente’s nine-year, $27 billion capital spending plan. He first joined the Oakland, Calif.-based integrated health system in 1981 as an administrative analyst. “Through Tyson’s vision, Kaiser Permanente is redefining the way care is performed at the bedside,” says Kaiser Chairman and CEO George Halvorson.
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