President, Kaiser Permanente Washington
Susan Mullaney is the president of Kaiser Permanente Washington. The eighth and newest region of Kaiser Permanente, the Washington region was established on Feb. 1, 2017, following Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of Group Health Cooperative and its subsidiaries. Mullaney led the integration planning for the acquisition.
In her role as president, Mullaney leads the nonprofit health plan, which provides high-quality affordable health care to more than 700,000 members in Washington, and has oversight of $1 billion Kaiser Permanente is investing in the region during the next 10 years.
Mullaney previously served as chief operating officer for the Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region. From 2013 to 2015, she served as that region’s vice president of hospital operations and was accountable for operations at two hospitals and the region’s networks and ambulatory surgery centers.
Mullaney began her career at Kaiser Permanente in 2008 as a hospital administrator at Sunnyside Medical Center near Portland, Oregon. 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 to 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. Mullaney also oversaw the opening of Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center in 2013, which was the organization's first to earn Gold LEED certification for energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design.
Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Mullaney served in several leadership positions, including corporate vice president of Strategic Service Lines and Regional Surgical Services, and vice president of Hospital Operations and Cardiovascular, Surgical Services Lines at Fairview Health Services, a seven-hospital system based in Minneapolis. Before that, she was director of Provider Relations and Contracting at Vivius, Inc., a venture capital-funded start-up. Mullaney worked extensively with Specialty Care Services at the University of Minnesota and Fairview Health Services.
Mullaney serves on several local boards of directors, including Challenge Seattle, Washington STEM, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Washington Roundtable, Washington Healthcare Forum, and Saltchuk. She was also appointed to the Governor’s Career Connect Washington Task Force.
Mullaney received 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, which includes a respected cohort of global health care leaders.
Paul Minardi, MD
President and CEO,
Washington Permanente Medical Group
Paul Minardi, MD, serves as president and CEO of the Washington Permanente Medical Group, leading and advocating for the nationally recognized 1,200-clinician multispecialty group. As one of the highest ranked medical groups in the state by Washington Health Alliance, the medical experts of WPMG practice in 34 Kaiser Permanente medical facilities, in partner hospitals across Washington state, and in 15 CareClinics inside Bartell Drugs, a Seattle-based pharmacy. Over half of Kaiser Permanente's 702,000 members receive their care from Washington Permanente Medical Group clinicians.
Prior to his appointment in 2019, Dr. Minardi served as executive vice president of Finance and Strategy for The Permanente Federation - the national consortium representing the 8 Permanente Medical Groups and their 23,000 physicians - and as medical director of Business Management for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG). SCPMG is one of the largest self-governed medical groups in the United States, with more than 7,600 physicians.
Throughout his 34 years in medicine, he's won many clinical and leadership awards and held numerous leadership roles. While at Kaiser Permanente Riverside, he was the physician lead for population care, home care, quality, continuing care, risk, and inpatient utilization management, and he also oversaw their family medicine residency program. He also served as Member Services physician advisor and on the hospital executive committee.
Dr. Minardi played an integral role during the largest SCPMG physician and membership expansion, the introduction and growth of health and wellness programs, the largest private deployment and optimization of electronic health records in the United States, and its strongest year-over-year financial results. He also helped introduce employer on-site clinics, the KP retail clinic strategy with Target, as well as mobile health, bringing Kaiser Permanente’s integrated care model directly to where our members live, work, and play. Additionally, he served on the due diligence team for the Group Health Cooperative acquisition by Kaiser Permanente, which eventually became the Kaiser Permanente Washington region.
A graduate of the Autonomous University of Guadalajara School of Medicine in Jalisco, Mexico, Dr. Minardi completed his residency in Family Medicine at the San Bernardino County Medical Center. He is board certified in Family Medicine and is both a diplomat and a fellow in the discipline of Family Medicine. He joined SCPMG in 1985 as a family medicine physician at the Riverside Medical Center and became a partner in 1987.
Dr. Minardi continues to be active in academics and is involved in his community. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, gardening, fishing, and oil painting.