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New senior vice president named for Kaiser in Central Valley

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POSTED June 26, 2017 9:02 p.m.

Corwin Harper, a health-care leader with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare operations and multiple senior leadership roles, has been named Senior Vice President and Area Manager for Kaiser Permanente’s Central Valley Area.
Harper will be responsible for the medical centers in Modesto and Manteca, as well as health plan services, hospital operations, and services provided to members outside of the hospital setting including continuing care, pharmacy, and health plan regulatory services. In addition, he will have leadership responsibility for Kaiser Permanente’s partnership with St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton.
Harper previously served as Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Kaiser Permanente Northern California the past year. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and Area Manager for Kaiser Permanente’s Napa Solano Service Area.
He comes to the Central Valley during a time of robust growth in an area that serves more than 330,000 members in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. Harper held the position of Senior Vice President and Area Manager from 2005 to 2014, during which he led the opening of the Modesto Medical Center and focused on quality, strong membership growth, and Kaiser Permanente’s support for the community. He previously held a number of leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center, including Senior Vice President and Area Manager, and Medical Group Administrator.
Harper, who started June 19, succeeds Deborah Friberg, who led the effort to partner with St. Joseph’s Medical Center, the plan hospital for members in Stockton, which is jointly owned by Kaiser Permanente and Dignity Health. Friberg retires effective July 1.
“I’m excited to serve in the Central Valley Area where our hospitals, health plan and medical group are respected for delivering high-quality patient care,” Harper said. “I look forward to serving our growing membership, working with our dedicated employees and physicians, and getting involved in the community.”                            
Harper is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University and received his undergraduate degree from The Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina.
Kaiser serves 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. 

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