Kaiser Permanente, a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has announced two promotions within its senior staff.
Diane Comer is Kaiser Permanente’s new chief information and technology officer. She has served as interim chief information officer since June 2020, and will report directly to chair and chief executive officer Greg A. Adams.
As interim CIO, Ms. Comer led Kaiser Permanente’s IT team to meet the needs that arose from the COVID-19 pandemic, while also overseeing a large portfolio of IT projects. She joined Kaiser Permanente in 2007, leading the implementation of a new telephony infrastructure that now supports one million calls a month to the organization’s multiple contact centers. Previously, Ms. Comer held positions at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, including chief technology officer.
“Kaiser Permanente continues to reimagine ways to expertly, innovatively, and conveniently provide care for our members, and doing so during this time demands that we work with unprecedented agility and speed while always prioritizing equity, quality, and affordability,” Adams said. “As we progress on this journey, I am pleased that Diane’s innovative thinking, deep expertise, and intimate knowledge of Kaiser Permanente will drive our technology leadership. Our consumer-focused and data-rich capabilities are core to Kaiser Permanente’s strategy and care delivery offerings, and I’m confident that Diane’s leadership will continue to advance our mission.”
Marie-Aline Zappia-Kuzmack has been appointed chief administrative officer at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. She will partner with Dr. John Yang, president and medical director, in overseeing medical group operations at the Moanalua Medical Center in Honolulu and 21 additional medical offices on Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai.
Ms. Zappia-Kuzmack has worked with Kaiser Permanente for 13 years, most recently serving as the chief administrative officer for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. In that role, she partnered with the area medical director to oversee 1,400 physicians across 2 hospitals and 17 medical office buildings. She has also served as assistant medical group administrator for primary care, and as assistant department administrator. Prior to joining the organization, Ms. Zappia-Kuzmack was an executive director for ancillary services. She has been a registered nurse for more than 25 years.
“We are fortunate to welcome Marie to the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii ohana,” Dr. Yang. “She brings with her extensive experience and is dedicated to ensuring our members receive high-quality care in an evidence-based and patient-centered manner.”
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