Women in Business 2013: Willa Jefferson-Stokes, Kaiser Permanente



Associate Medical Group Administrator,  Kaiser Permanente,  3900 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma 94954,  415-722-1211, kp.org

Age: 64

Residence: San Francisco

Education: BS Nursing, University of California, San Francisco; master of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley

Tell us about yourself and your company: Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plans, serving more than 9.1 million members, with headquarters in Oakland. We are unique in that we share an exclusive relationship between our health plan, hospital, and physicians group. The resultant integration has allowed us to provide the highest quality care to our members.

I serve as the associate medical group administrator at San Rafael-Petaluma-Novato.  My primary responsibilities include capital planning and projects, as well as providing administrative oversight for our Petaluma, Novato, and downtown San Rafael medical offices. My primary objective is to create support to enhance the relationship between the doctor and the patient.

Is there a major accomplishment in the past year or so that you would like to share? One of my major accomplishments in this past year has been our work on building a new emergency department for the San Rafael Medical Center.  I’ve had the good fortune to collaborate with myriad talented people in planning, designing, and currently constructing, a department that allows our physicians and staff to work in an environment that is functionally and operationally efficient. This has been a 20-year odyssey and is expected to open summer, 2014.

[caption id="attachment_75553" align="alignright" width="180"] Willa Jefferson-Stokes[/caption]

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