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Northern California Kaiser Executive Elected 2015 Board Chair of California Hospital Association
Gregory A. Adams Will Guide CHA in Coming Year

SACRAMENTO (February 2, 2015 ) – Gregory A. Adams, executive vice president and Northern California region president for Kaiser Permanente, has been elected 2015 chair of the California Hospital Association (CHA) Board of Trustees. 

Adams, who also serves as one of three group presidents within Kaiser’s national leadership team, has more than 25 years of experience as a senior health care executive and strategic consultant.  He joined Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California region in 1999, where he served as senior vice president, service area manager and chief operating officer.  In 2007, Adams moved to Northern California, where he was associate regional president and chief operating officer before being named president in 2008.

In his current position, Adams has direct responsibility for the health care services provided to 3.6 million members within Kaiser’s Northern California region.  He also oversees the operations of 21 hospitals and 67 medical office facilities located throughout the northern and central parts of the state.  In addition to his responsibilities in California, Adams oversees Kaiser Permanente’s Mid-Atlantic States Region (Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia) and leads the organization’s national Medicare care delivery strategy.

           “California’s hospitals are on the forefront of the innovative, transformational changes that are occurring in our health care delivery system,” Adams said. “As the paradigm shifts from a model of “sick care” to wellness and prevention, hospitals throughout the state are well-positioned to meet the needs of their communities. I’m honored to lead CHA at such an important moment in history.”                           —   more   —

             A graduate of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Adams earned his master’s degree in nursing administration from Wichita State University. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Adams held several executive positions within the health care industry.  Among his earlier

positions, Adams served as senior vice president of strategy and business development for Catholic Healthcare West (now Dignity Health) in Southern California; president/CEO of St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino; chief operating officer for Baptist Healthcare System of Southwest Texas; and director of critical care services for the Mayo Clinic’s St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Adams also owned a health care firm that provided strategic and operational improvement consulting for health care organizations.

A member of the National Association of Health Services Executives, Adams also has been an active community leader. He serves on the Board of Directors for the California Chamber of Commerce; is a member of the Health Care Committee of the Bay Area Council; serves as a member of Oakland Dialogue; and is president of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. 

CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner called Adams “an outstanding choice” to serve as CHA’s Board Chair during 2015.

            “As we enter the second year of enrollment under the ACA, Greg’s knowledge and expertise in innovative approaches to the delivery of patient care and population health will benefit all Californians,” Dauner said. “California’s hospitals will be well-served by having Greg Adams serve as chair of our association in 2015.”

            Other officers elected to the CHA Board of Trustees for 2015 are Chair-Elect James R. Holmes, president/CEO of Redlands Community Hospital in Redlands (San Bernardino County); Secretary-Treasurer Ann Madden Rice, CEO of the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento; and Past Chair Mark Laret, CEO of the UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco.

As one of the largest health care trade associations in the nation, CHA represents more than 400 hospitals and health systems in California. The association advocates for patients and hospitals, promotes public health policy and is hospitals’ voice at the state and federal levels. CHA has offices in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.