Sept. 21: Kaiser Permanente president to speak at annual WSU Seattle Power Breakfast

By Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business

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SEATTLE, Wash. – Susan Mullaney, president of Kaiser Permanente Washington, will present “Health Care: Bold Moves in a Time of Uncertainty” as the keynote speaker at the annual Power Breakfast networking event sponsored by the Washington State University Carson College of Business.

The event will be held 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

The Power Breakfast is designed to inform, inspire and engage Seattle-area leaders on contemporary business issues. Interested participants need to register by 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. Tickets are $40.

Group Health acquisition

kaiser permanente logo Kaiser Permanente, a nonprofit health plan, provides affordable health care to more than 681,000 members in northwest, central and eastern Washington, coastal and Olympic regions, and the Puget Sound.

Mullaney led the acquisition and integration of Group Health Cooperative and its subsidiaries. Kaiser Permanente officially acquired Group Health in February. Washington marks Kaiser Permanente’s eighth coverage region.

From hospital administrator to president

Prior to the acquisition, Mullaney served as chief operating officer for Kaiser Permanente’s northwest region. From 2013 to 2015, she served as vice president of its hospital operations in Oregon and Washington, where she was accountable for two hospitals and their networks and ambulatory surgery centers.

Mullaney began her career at Kaiser Permanente in 2008 as a hospital administrator at the Sunnyside Medical Center near Portland, Ore. In 2009, she oversaw expansion of the facility and the opening of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Heart and Vascular Care, which has scored in the top 12-15 percent of all U.S. heart centers and has earned a three-star rating — the highest possible — for quality from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The hospital has continued to receive this rating each year.

Mullaney also oversaw the opening of Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center in 2013, one of its two hospitals in Oregon. The facility is the organization’s first to earn Gold LEED certification for energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design.

She earned a master’s degree in health care policy and management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and represents Kaiser Permanente at the International Federation of Health Plans’ Executive Development Programme, comprised of global health care leaders.


About Kaiser Permanente

Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of its members and the communities we serve. The company serves 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. It is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.


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