OAKLAND, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente ,Chairman and CEO, Bernard J. Tyson,unexpectedly passed away early Sunday morning in his sleep, said a release from Kaiser Permanente. An outstanding leader, visionary and champion for high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans, Bernard was a tireless advocate for Kaiser Permanente, its members and the communities. Most importantly, Bernard was a devoted husband, father and friend. “We all will miss his tremendous presence in our lives. On behalf of the Board of Directors, employees and physicians, Kaiser Permanente extends deepest sympathies to Bernard’s family during this very difficult time,” the company said.
Effective immediately, the board of directors has named Gregory A. Adams, Executive Vice President and Group President, as interim Chairman and CEO.
“Bernard was an exceptional colleague, a passionate leader, and an honorable man. We will greatly miss him,” said board member Edward Pei, Chair of the Executive Committee and the Governance, Accountability and Nominating Committee. “The board has full confidence in Greg Adams’ ability to lead Kaiser Permanente through this unexpected transition,” he added.