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Ruth Williams-Brinkley


Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Mid-Atlantic States, Inc.

Ruth Williams-Brinkley is president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States Inc. In this role, she oversees all of Kaiser Permanente’s care delivery and health plan operations in Washington, D.C., suburban Maryland, Baltimore and northern Virginia. The Mid-Atlantic States Region operates 33 medical office buildings and has 770,000 members. Ms. Williams-Brinkley reports to the group president for Markets Outside of California, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Hospitals. She joined Kaiser Permanente in November 2017, serving as president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals of the Northwest. In that role, she oversaw all of Kaiser Permanente’s care delivery and health plan operations in Oregon and markets in Vancouver and Longview and Kelso, Wash.

Prior to that, Ms. Williams-Brinkley served as CEO of KentuckyOne Health, Kentucky’s largest integrated health system. KentuckyOne was a division of CommonSpirit Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems. Prior to her tenure with KentuckyOne, Ms. Williams-Brinkley served as president/CEO of Carondelet Health Network in Tucson, Ariz., and as president/CEO of Memorial Health Care System in Chattanooga, Tenn. She has often appeared on Modern Healthcare’s “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” and “Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare” lists, and she was named one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s “Most Admired CEOs.” She holds a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science degree from DePaul University, and she has an honorary doctoral degree from Spaulding University, Louisville, Ky.


ACHE/AUPHA Joint Address: Pandemic: Perils, Perspective and Progress

Presented by Daniel Gentry, PhD, Ruth Williams-Brinkley at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 23rd.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought numerous challenges and unprecedented peril to our nation, to the world and to the healthcare system. At the same time, healthcare leaders can seize the opportunity to use the lessons learned from these perils to build a brighter and healthier future. The approach to everything from care delivery and testing…