Kaiser Permanente has officially named Gregory Adams its new chairman and CEO.
Adams had been serving in the role on an interim basis after the unexpected death of Bernard Tyson last month. Tyson was 60.
Adams joined Kaiser in 1999 as senior vice president of the Tri-Central service area in Southern California, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Over the years he has held several high-level positions with Kaiser, including regional president of Kaiser Permanente for Northern California and later executive vice president.
In 2016 he was named group president, overseeing operations in all eight Kaiser Permanente regions. He also helped Kaiser form the first-ever health care partnership with National Basketball Association.
Adams, who grew up in a small town outside of Atlanta, Georgia, has a bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, and a master’s degree in nursing administration from Wichita State University. According to the Chronicle, Adams graduated from nursing school at 18 and worked in the emergency department at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta.
It was during his time as a nurse that Adams realized he could do more as a leader in health care. He went on to hold executive positions in health care systems starting in 1979. He has worked for Catholic Healthcare West in Southern California, Baptist Healthcare System in Texas, the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He also served as CEO and president of St. Bernadine Medical Center in San Bernardino.
He also owned a health care firm that provided strategic and operational improvement consulting for health care organizations.
Adams, who reported directly to Tyson, said that he will guided by his predecessor’s vision, particularly the on efforts to address stigma of mental health problems and homelessness.