Purposeful difference

From the very beginning, we have thought about medicine differently.

In partnership with the Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, the Permanente Medical Groups and our Permanente physicians innovate, educate, listen, and collaborate to lead the way in transforming health care in America. Our patients benefit from Permanente Medicine – person-centered, high-quality care that embraces the latest innovations in medicine and is supported by an integrated care delivery model. Together, we are Kaiser Permanente.

Our beliefs

Permanente Medicine means fulfilling the promise of medicine.

Through our unique approach to the entirety of health, we deliver the focused, personalized care that we would want for our loved ones and ourselves. Our team-based care lets us build healthier communities, patient by patient, person by person.

At our core, we celebrate the idea of “respect” and how we apply this to everyone and everything around us – patients, physicians, our communities, and our environment. This drives our decisions, and allows us to work with a collaborative spirit and an unbounded enthusiasm to do the right thing for our patients and for each other.

We strongly believe that our unique approach to medicine can impact the future of health care. The work that we do, in service of one patient, has the potential to change countless lives. Our focus on populations and care in the communities that we serve have made us an industry leader throughout the nation.

This is medicine we believe in. This is Permanente Medicine.

Fast facts



Non-physician staff

Million members served

Medical offices and other facilities


States and DC locations

Care that sets the bar

The Kaiser Foundation Health Plans have No. 1 ratings in 42 care measures ranked by the National Committee for Quality Assurance – the most of any health plan in the country.

Care and equity

Kaiser Permanente received the first-ever Health Equity Award from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Hospitals that excel

All 38 of Kaiser Permanente’s eligible hospitals received the “Get With the Guidelines” award* for hospitals demonstrating a high commitment to improving patient outcomes in stroke care.
* Presented by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

The Permanente Medical Groups

The Permanente Medical Groups (PMGs) are self-governed, physician-led, prepaid, multispecialty medical groups composed of more than 22,900 physicians. We’re dedicated to the mission of improving the health of our patients and communities. Together with the Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, we are Kaiser Permanente – an award-winning health care system that delivers Permanente Medicine to more than 12.2 million Kaiser Permanente members.

The PMGs work collaboratively, enabled by state-of-the-art technology, to provide preventive and world-class complex care in eight states – from Hawaii to Maryland – and the District of Columbia.

The Permanente Federation LLC

The Permanente Federation LLC (the Federation) is the national leadership and consulting organization for the eight Permanente Medical Groups (PMGs), which, together with the Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, comprise Kaiser Permanente.

The Federation works on behalf of the PMGs to optimize care delivery and spread Permanente Medicine – medicine that is  person and family centered, compassionate, evidence based, technology enabled, culturally responsive, team delivered, and physician led. The Federation, based in Oakland, California, fosters an open learning environment and accelerates research, innovation, and performance improvements across the PMGs to expand the reach of Kaiser Permanente’s integrated care delivery model and to lead the nation in transforming care delivery.

Leadership teams

National Permanente Executive Committee

Each Permanente Medical Group (PMG) is led by an executive medical director (EMD). The National Permanente Executive Committee (NPEC) serves as the national voice for the Permanente Medical Groups, and develops priorities and strategic direction for The Permanente Federation.

NPEC is composed of the EMDs of The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) in Oakland, Calif., and the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG); an EMD elected from a PMG outside of California; and the Federation’s chief operating officer and chief legal officer.

Imelda Dacones
Imelda Dacones, MD

Chair, NPEC

Ed Ellison
Edward M. Ellison, MD

Co-CEO, The Permanente Federation

Rich Issacs
Richard S. Isaacs, MD, FACS

Co-CEO, The Permanente Federation

National Permanente Leadership Team

Key leaders of the Federation and several Permanente Medical Groups form the National Permanente Leadership Team (NPLT), which leads the national work of the PMGs.

Chris Grant

Chris Grant
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer*

David Bell

David Bell, MD
Executive Vice President of People and Leadership Strategy

Nancy Gin, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Quality Officer

Daryl Kurozawa, MD
Executive Vice President of Products/Sales & Marketing

Edward Lee

Edward Lee, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Stephen Parodi

Stephen Parodi, MD
Executive Vice President of External Affairs, Communications, and Brand

Todd M. Sachs, MD
Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Finance

Richele Thornburg

Richele Thornburg
Executive Vice President of People and Leadership Strategy

* Also sits on the National Permanente Executive Committee