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Blue Shield of California Remembers Bernard Tyson

Sudden passing of Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO is a huge loss to health care industry

OAKLAND, Calif. (November 10, 2019) – Blue Shield of California CEO Paul Markovich issued the following statement regarding the death of Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson: 

“We at Blue Shield of California were shocked and saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of Bernard Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente.  Bernard was a mission driven leader and a true champion for increasing access to affordable health care. He also passionately advocated for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and served as a role model and mentor to many. We send our deepest condolences to the Tyson family and to the Kaiser family that Bernard so eloquently led.”


About Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of California strives to create a health care system worthy of our family and friends that is sustainably affordable. We are a not-for-profit, independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association with 4 million members, 6,800 employees and more than $20 billion in annual revenue. Founded in 1939 in San Francisco and now headquartered in Oakland, Blue Shield of California and its affiliates provide health, dental, vision, Medicaid and Medicare health care service plans in California. The company has contributed more than $500 million to Blue Shield of California Foundation since 2002 to have an impact on California communities.

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