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Kaiser Permanente CEO Receives Diversity Leadership Award

OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer George Halvorson was among eight chief executives who received the CEO Diversity Leadership Award from the Diversity Best Practices organization at their Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Summit & Gala on November 1, 2007. Halvorson also delivered the keynote speech on diversity initiatives in the health care sector.

Halvorson was recognized for the personal passion for diversity he has brought to his leadership at Kaiser Permanente. "As CEO, George Halvorson combines the rare qualities of first-hand diversity knowledge, personal diversity commitment, and purposeful action to integrate diversity into critical aspects of our business and organizational culture," said Ronald Knox, Kaiser Permanente Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, who introduced Halvorson at the awards ceremony. "He leads diversity by example and holds himself and his senior executive colleagues accountable for results. He has raised the bar for CEO diversity leadership."

Kaiser Permanente is a national leader in diversity programs and has successfully translated its diversity into better quality for patients through its culturally competent care and linguistics programs, as well as effective marketing, workforce diversity, and community outreach.

Kaiser Permanente was named one of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc magazine in 2007 and 2006. It has received a 100% rating on the Corporate Equality Index by the Human Rights Campaign for the past three years, and it was awarded the Recognizing Innovation in Multicultural Health Care Award by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

In selecting the award winners, the Diversity Best Practices Leadership Award Committee nominates those CEOs who are leading organizations that they have determined are "best in class" diversity leaders based on rigorous CEO diversity leadership standards and criteria.

Diversity Best Practices (DBP) is a prominent corporate diversity membership organization where diversity thought leaders share best practices and develop innovative solutions for culture change. Through research, benchmarking, publications and events, DBP offers members information and strategies on how to implement, grow, measure, and create "first in class" diversity programs.

The other recipients of the 2007 Diversity Leadership Award are:

The Coca-Cola Company CEO and Chairman E. Neville Isdell

Johnson Controls Inc. Chairman John M. Barth

Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.

MGM Mirage Chairman and CEO J. Terrence "Terry" Lanni

Monster Chairman and CEO Sal Iannuzzi

Sears Holdings Corporation President and CEO Aylwin B. Lewis

Wachovia Corporation Chairman and CEO G. Kennedy Thompson

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated health plan. Founded in 1945, it is a not-for-profit group practice program headquartered in Oakland, Calif. Kaiser Permanente serves 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Today it encompasses the not-for-profit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the for-profit Permanente Medical Groups. Nationwide, Kaiser Permanente includes approximately 156,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and more than 13,000 physicians representing all specialties. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit the KP News Center at:

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