San Francisco Chronicle Profiles Kaiser’s David Lawrence
The San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday profiled Dr. David Lawrence, CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, who is retiring May 1 after 10 years in the position. Lawrence "earned high marks" for his focus on preventive care, reducing medical errors and updating technology, according to the Chronicle. Helen Wilmot, formerly Kaiser's chief turnaround officer, said, "He's led Kaiser through positive times, held on through the negative and then through positive times again. He's leaving ... on a very positive note." Lawrence -- who oversaw the investment of about $2 billion in Kaiser's electronic record system -- is "credited with being particularly bullish on technology," the Chronicle reports. He will serve as Kaiser's chair emeritus through the end of the year. George Halvorson, currently the head of the Minnesota health plan HealthPartners, will succeed Lawrence (Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, 3/31).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.