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Kathy Gerwig

Kathy Gerwig is Vice President, Employee Safety, Health and Wellness, and Environmental Stewardship Officer for Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans serving more than nine million members. Ms. Gerwig is responsible for developing, organizing and managing a nationwide environmental initiative for the organization. Under her leadership, Kaiser Permanente has become widely recognized as an environmental leader in the health care sector. Ms. Gerwig has testified twice to Congress on the need for federal chemical policy reform, and she has appeared at numerous hearings on environmental issues. Her book Greening Health Care, How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet examines the intersection between health care and environmental stewardship arguing that hospitals can and should play a critical role in supporting the health of the planet. Ms. Gerwig is also responsible for eliminating workplace injuries, promoting healthy lifestyle choices, and reducing health risks for the organization’s 190,000 employees and physicians. She is on the boards of several leading non-governmental organizations focused on safety and environmental sustainability in health care.