Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Bernard J. Tyson
Inducted in 2020
For many with such experiences and memories, the confines of a hospital might be the last place they would want to launch a career.
But not for Tyson. He had seen firsthand the role the healthcare system could play in a family’s life and wanted to make a difference. “I actually had a dream from the beginning to become a CEO, but it was really of a hospital,” Tyson once said. “My ambition was to be a hospital administrator.”
He took that dream and ran with it. Tyson had a nearly 40-year career in healthcare leadership, including 30 years in ascending roles at Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente. The last six of those were as CEO of the large, integrated healthcare system, the role he held when he passed away in his sleep Nov. 10, 2019, at age 60.