About the program
With its integrated system, Kaiser Permanente looks to use all the available tools to drive for a better future for health care.
This includes leveraging facilities for efficient care as well as efficient energy and resource use. Our National Facilities team shares how Kaiser Permanente has become the first health system to achieve carbon neutrality, and why that’s significant for the future of health.
As vice president of operations for National Facilities Services (NFS) at Kaiser Permanente, Ramé Hemstreet is a key adviser to the senior vice president of facilities. He is responsible for integrating and coordinating all components of service delivery for NFS, including its multibillion-dollar capital acquisition program, maintenance, and energy programs at more than 1,000 hospitals, medical offices, and other buildings. Hemstreet focuses on lifecycle facilities management, reducing total cost of ownership, utilizing diverse vendors, and continuously improving the capabilities needed to successfully build and maintain the medical delivery infrastructure. As chief sustainable resources officer, Hemstreet oversees Kaiser Permanente’s energy and water strategy, focusing on reducing energy and water intensity and pursuing green power opportunities to reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions. As a result of his efforts, in 2020 Kaiser Permanente was certified as carbon neutral in accordance with the Carbon Neutral Protocol.
Sunil Shah is Kaiser Permanente’s vice president, National Facilities Services Planning and Design.