Dave Underriner to lead Kaiser in Hawaii

Dave Underriner, the CEO of Providence Oregon, will leave the hospital system in mid-May to lead Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii.  The news comes via a release from Kaiser earlier today.

“I am very honored to be joining an organization with such a long and distinguished legacy of care excellence and innovation,” said Underriner. “After spending so much of my career in one area of the country, I am excited to be taking on this new opportunity to meet the needs of the members, patients and communities served by Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii and helping the region to thrive.”

Providence’s loss is Kaiser’s gain.

Underriner has been an effective administrator and leader at Providence Oregon since taking the helm there in 2013.  He joined our Executive Keynote Panel at our 2015 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference where he talked about the challenges of leading organizations through a time of transition.

He followed Greg Van Pelt at Providence, who himself left big shoes to fill.  Providence Oregon was a relatively stable region for Providence under Underriner’s leadership.  While there were some system-related cost reductions and layoffs that the Oregon region incurred, for the most part Providence Oregon was seen as a steady region for Providence while there was some tumult in many of Providence’s other regions.

Underriner joins a Kaiser Permanente system that is undergoing significant change as a result of it’s takeover of three Maui County hospitals that had previously been under the management of the state.  Underriner’s 35 years of experience in the Providence hospital system was undoubtedly a high value element as Kaiser seeks to fully integrate those hospitals into its system.

Kaiser now has approximately 225,000 beneficiaries in Hawaii.