Bernard Tyson, CEO of healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente, dies at 60

Kaiser Ceo Bernard Tyson Died In His Sleep At 60 – Giant In Oakland

Kaiser Ceo Bernard Tyson Died In His Sleep At 60 – Giant In Oakland

Tyson, chairman and chief executive officer of not-for-profit health insurer Kaiser Permanente, died unexpectedly in his sleep on Sunday, aged 60, the company said in a statement.

According to a biography provided by Kaiser, Tyson was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, served as deputy chairman of the Americas of the International Federation of Health Plans and was the former chair of American Health Insurance Plans.

"Bernard was an exceptional colleague, a passionate leader, and an honorable man. We all will miss his tremendous presence in our lives", the company said in a statement.

Tyson was the first African American to head Kaiser Permanente as CEO when he took that position in 2013 after filling a number of roles over three decades at the company. It oversees health plans for more than 12 million customers, with about two-thirds of those in California.

In 2017, he was named to Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People list.

"During his tenure, Bernard has focused on public health and preventive care, rather than just treating disease, seeking to provide high-quality, affordable, accessible health care to all of its members", wrote Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.). Its network of 17,000 physicians grew to 23,000, and annual revenue increased from $53 billion to more than $82.8 billion.

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