Bernard Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, Dies at 60


Bernard Tyson, chief executive officer at Kaiser Permanente, died Sunday.


ANDREW DAVIS for The Wall Street Journal

Kaiser Permanente Chief Executive

Bernard Tyson,

a high-profile voice in U.S. health policy, died unexpectedly Sunday.

Mr. Tyson, CEO of the Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit hospital system and health insurer since 2013, died unexpectedly in his sleep, Kaiser said in a statement. He was 60. “Bernard was an exceptional colleague, a passionate leader, and an honorable man,” said Kaiser board member

Edward Pei.

“We will greatly miss him.”

Kaiser named

Gregory Adams,

an executive vice president and group president, as interim chief executive and chairman.

Kaiser Permanente expanded into medical education and new markets under Mr. Tyson, who in 2015 announced the nonprofit would launch a medical school in southern California. The same year, he unveiled plans to acquire a Washington state health insurer. The company also expanded its footprint in California and Oregon, and invested heavily in telehealth and other technology for digital services, such as secure emails between patients and doctors.

Kaiser’s combined health insurance and hospital operations rank among the largest U.S. health systems, with $83 billion in annual revenue.

He is survived by his wife, Denise Bradley-Tyson, and three sons; Bernard J. Tyson Jr., Alexander and Charles.

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