Bernard Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente, died unexpectedly Sunday at age 60. He was a civic leader, a strong advocate for increasing healthcare access, and a supporter of increased opportunities for minority leadership in the healthcare field. Richard Hart, MD, DrPH, president of Loma Linda University Health, issued the following statement.
“Bernard Tyson was a leading figure in providing not-for-profit healthcare in California. Possessing an understanding of the complex realities of the healthcare industry, he dedicated his life to reducing disparities and enhancing preventive care. All of us at Loma Linda University Health extend our deepest sympathies to the Tyson family and to our friends throughout the Kaiser Permanente organization.”