George Halvorson announces his retirement
iFHP President, George Halvorson has announced his retirement from Kaiser Permanente as, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and will retire in December 2013. George Halvorson has served as chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente since 2002, and under his leadership Kaiser Permanente has grown to serve more than 9 million members, pioneered electronic health records and is often seen as a model for the future of health care.
George Halvorson led the decision to implement Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, an enterprise-wide electronic health record system. Today, KP HealthConnect is the largest non-governmental system in the world, supporting the transformation of care delivery and connecting caregivers and patients in new and innovative ways.
Earlier this year, Halvorson was named No. 6 on Modern Healthcare's annual 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list. He has been named in each of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare lists since the program was created. He has received the Modern Healthcare/Health Information and Management Systems Society CEO IT Achievement Award. The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange also awarded him the 2009 Louis Sullivan Award for leadership and achievements in advancing health care quality.
Halvorson said he announced his departure more than a year in advance to give Kaiser's board time to deliberate on a successor. He said he will advise the board, but he won't take part in the actual selection.
“Kaiser Permanente has been a great place to work for me,” said Halvorson. “I have very much enjoyed the last decade. We have done a lot of good things and we continue to make progress in a lot of areas.”
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