Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, the HMO and hospital segments of the Kaiser Permanente healthcare organization, said late Thursday that it has added a noted physician expert in healthcare quality issues to its board of directors.
New Kaiser director Christine Cassel, M.D., dean and vice president for medical affairs at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Ore., will chair the board's Quality and Health Improvement Committee, the Oakland, Calif.-based integrated delivery network says.
Cassel, a geriatrician who on July 1 will become executive head of the American Board of Internal Medicine, is a member of the Institute of Medicine committee that authored the landmark studies on healthcare quality and medical errors, "To Err is Human" and "Crossing the Quality Chasm."
"Dr. Cassel has, literally, helped to 'write the book' on 21st century health systems," Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO George Halvorson says in a written statement.
Cassel could not be reached for comment on Friday.
Also joining the Kaiser Foundation board is Cynthia Ann Telles, director of the Spanish-speaking psychosocial clinic of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital in Los Angeles.