Kathy Gerwig, MBA
Vice President, Employee Safety, Health and Wellness, and Environmental Stewardship Officer
As environmental stewardship officer, Kathy Gerwig is responsible for 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. Kathy has testified twice to Congress on the need for federal chemical policy reform, and she has appeared at numerous hearings on environmental issues.
Kathy is also Kaiser Permanente’s national leader for Employee Safety and Health and Wellness, responsible for eliminating workplace injuries, promoting healthy lifestyle choices, and reducing health risks for the organization. She oversees the national departments of workplace safety, workforce wellness, integrated disability management, employee assistance programs, and environmental health and safety.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 1993, Kathy was an environmental and economic development consultant to businesses and public agencies in the United States and Europe. Prior to consulting, she worked for nonprofit environmental organizations in California.
Kathy has a master’s in business administration, with honors, from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s in geography and environmental studies from San Francisco State University. She is a certified professional health care risk manager, a certified professional environmental auditor, and a certified health care environmental manager. Kathy is on the boards of several leading non-governmental organizations focused on safety and environmental sustainability in health care.
Check out Kathy’s recent book, Greening Health Care: How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet. This acclaimed book examines the intersections of health care and environmental health, both in terms of harmful impacts and the revolution underway to address them.