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At Kaiser Permanente, the way we deliver health care is different. We are the caregiver, the hospital, the laboratory, and the pharmacy. In fact, what makes us unique is that we play every position across the care continuum—providing the health care coverage and delivering the health care itself. Because of this, our organization is driven by professionals whose roles range from health care and business professionals to construction and customer service experts.

What brings us together is our universal commitment to improve the health and wellness of our members, patients, colleagues, and communities.

Kaiser Permanente's seven regions are composed of separate, but closely cooperating, organizations:

Kaiser Foundation Health Plans

Nonprofit, public benefit corporations that contract with individuals and groups for prepaid, comprehensive health care services. The Health Plans contract exclusively with the Permanente Medical Groups and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals for medical and hospital services for members and patients.

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals

Nonprofit, public benefit corporation that owns and operates community hospitals in California, Oregon, and Hawaii; owns outpatient facilities in several states; provides or arranges hospital services; and sponsors charitable, educational, and research activities.

Permanente Medical Groups

Partnerships or professional corporations of physicians, represented nationally by The Permanente Federation, which contract exclusively with the Kaiser Foundation Health Plans to provide or arrange medical services for members and patients.

In addition, an organization known as National Functions helps coordinate national efforts and provides administrative and corporate services within Kaiser Permanente. National Functions encompasses two subgroups: Kaiser Permanente Information Technology (our IT group) and Corporate.

Corporate includes the Kaiser Permanente national leadership team, as well as staff and program leads who support our regions in a variety of business areas, including quality, finance, brand management, communications, government relations, community benefit, compliance, human resources, health plan operations, hospital operations, legal, and technology.

Below is a list of our regions and National Functions. Click any one of them to learn more.

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