Interim chief named Kaiser Permanente president in Georgia

Jim Simpson has been named president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, the Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit organization announced Friday.


Simpson has been serving as interim president for Kaiser’s Georgia Region.

He was previously senior vice president of finance for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals. Simpson also has served as vice president and controller for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Northern California.

“Jim is a proven leader who is well prepared for this role,” Bernard J. Tyson, the Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO, said in a statement Friday.


“I am confident his skill and expertise will support our Georgia Region’s positive growth trajectory and allow us to provide care and coverage to more people in our region’s communities.”

Kaiser Permanente of Georgia provides coverage to more than 300,000 members at 26 medical offices and partner hospitals, primarily in the Atlanta and Athens markets.

“I’m incredibly honored and truly humbled to be asked to serve in this capacity,” Simpson said in a statement. “Kaiser Permanente has a proud history of more than 70 years, including 32 years of serving the people of Georgia. I’m looking forward to building upon this legacy as we work to bring our nonprofit mission to new members and additional communities in this great state.”