OAKLAND, Calif., May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente has announced that Kerry Kohnen has been named president of Kaiser Permanente Georgia.
"Kaiser Permanente is committed to fully implementing our integrated delivery system for the benefit of the citizens of Georgia," said Bernard J. Tyson, president and chief operating officer of Kaiser Permanente. "I am confident in the appointment of Kerry as president of our Georgia Region. In partnership with Executive Medical Director Rob Schreiner, MD, they will be able to fully realize the potential of Kaiser Permanente in Georgia."
Kohnen will oversee the largest nonprofit health plan in Georgia, which provides comprehensive health care services to more than 240,000 members through 28 medical facilities and affiliated hospitals in a 28-county service area. With great knowledge of Kaiser Permanente and a solid background in operations and administration, Kohnen will lead the organization's future growth in the metro Atlanta marketplace.
Kohnen will assume his new role immediately and will report to Donna Lynne, Kaiser Permanente group president, who oversees the Colorado, Georgia, Northwest and Ohio regions.
"I've worked with Kerry for more than six years, and I am thrilled that we have someone with such deep knowledge of Kaiser Permanente being elevated into this executive position," said Lynne. "His leadership skills and knowledge will enable the Georgia Region to continue its positive trajectory."
Kohnen has recently served as senior vice president, Operations, for Kaiser Permanente Georgia and has held positions of progressive responsibility since joining the organization in 1975. Kohnen began his career with Kaiser Permanente working at the Panorama City Hospital in Panorama City, Calif., following his high school graduation. He has been with the organization for more than 35 years. During his career, Kohnen has held positions within three Permanente Medical Groups and four Kaiser Permanente regions.
Kohnen said, "I am honored to accept this new role. I believe we have the right strategy in place to bring Kaiser Permanente's integrated delivery system to more members in the metro Atlanta area. I look forward to working with the team in place to make this a reality."
Kohnen earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration from California State University at Northridge.
Kohnen's photo is available upon request.
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