The demise of Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, has made waves in the healthcare sector. Tyson’s sudden death came as an unexpected shock, and he was 60. The health care giant said Tyson, who was also chairman of the company, passed away in sleep on Sunday. It was under his guidance and leadership that the most significant non-profit health system of the nation reached its acme. A top-notch health care executive, Tyson was associated with several entities like Salesforce.com and the American Heart Association. He is survived by three sons and his spouse- Denise Bradley-Tyson.
Tyson had a prolific career, and in Kaiser, he spent 30 years of his career, and over the years, he rose to the top. In 2013 he assumed the role of the CEO at the entity. During his stint at Kaiser, the health insurance giant grew substantially, and the workforce became 218,000 from 174,000. His expected demise elicited a widespread reaction from fellow leaders in the healthcare sector. CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo said Tyson would be missed as a friend and peer who was trustworthy. He added Tyson played a crucial role in rallying people from all stratus of society to make healthcare standards much improved for the US citizens.
Alliance of Community Health Plans’s CEO, Ceci Connolly, said Tyson was a leader with a defined vision. Covered California’s executive directors Peter lee said Tyson played a significant role in making health care not only better but more accessible to the people. Numerous tweets were posted by the celebs and political leaders wishing his departed soul peace. Tyson was focusing on issues in the economy and health in the groups with lower income levels. Last year, Kaiser came up with a fund worth $200 million to help mitigate such issues in the Bay region. Kaiser, however, did not reveal the exact cause of Tyson’s untimely demise. It is somewhat shocking given the fact he appeared at many recent events, including one at Oakland. The entity named Gregory Adams as interim CEO and chairman.