Tweetcap: Honoring Bernard Tyson and his legacy in health care, civil rights, and community health

On Sunday, November 10, a visionary leader in health care was lost when Bernard Tyson unexpectedly passed away in his sleep at the age of 60. For more than 30 years, Tyson tirelessly advocated for Kaiser Permanente and championed high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. He leaves behind a legacy that includes Kaiser Permanente growing from 9.1 million members and 174,000 employees to 12.2 million members and 218,000 employees during his tenure. He was also a devoted husband, father, and friend.

Permanente physicians shared their thoughts and sympathies on the passing of a great health care leader and outstanding human being.

Prominent politicians acknowledged Tyson’s influence as a health care leader, including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

Business and entertainment icons including Marc Benioff, Jeff Weiner, Magic Johnson, and Andrew Sorkin also offered their condolences while reflecting on Tyson’s far-reaching impact.

He will be remembered as a champion for equity, inclusion, and diversity — both personally and professionally — having served more than 20 years on the Executive Leadership Council.

His accomplishments in health care, which included being named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world, were highlighted by health care leaders and major publications across the country.

An official statement on Bernard Tyson’s passing can be found here.