by Jasmine Batchelor
April 5, 2018
Vice President, Healthcare Continuity and Support Services,
For more than 26 years Skip has worked at Kaiser Permanente, and is currently Vice President of Healthcare Continuity and Support Services. Skip has executive responsibility for several key national departments to include: nutrition services, travel and meeting services, emergency management and business continuity. Skip concurrently served as the Interim Vice President of Supply Chain during the period of 2005 to 2009, and from 2015 to 2017 led Kaiser’s security services program. Skip was instrumental in developing the executive strategies that led to Kaiser Permanente’s inclusion in the prestigious Billion Dollar Roundtable in 2014 and is currently the team leader of the cross functional team focusing on ending homelessness of the medically frail and elderly.
Since 2000, Skip has been responsible for the implementation of a formal healthcare continuity management program throughout Kaiser Permanente. In addition to directing this formal planning and response process, and immediately following the anthrax attacks in October 2001, Skip formed and now directs Kaiser Permanente’s threat assessment program consisting of an executive oversight council, and functional working groups in the disciplines of clinical (physicians, nursing, pharmacy, mental health and lab), facilities, community linkages, people, legal, communications, training, supply chain and public policy. Skip serves as Kaiser Permanente’s National Incident Manager during wide scale events such as the Ebola crisis from 2014 to 2015 and the California Wildfires in 2017.
Skip is a member of the State of California’s Joint Advisory Committee for Public Health Preparedness. Skip was a member of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) technical evaluation panel which reviewed and evaluated grant proposals for the provisioning of medical treatment for injuries associated with non-emergency responders following the World Trade Center Disaster. Skip was a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Standing Committee for the Strategic National Stockpile and is a current member of the National Academy’s Committee on the Use of Elastomeric Respirators in Health Care. Skip was named as Advancing & Redefining Communities for Emergency Management’s 2017 Innovator of the Year.
Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Skip led two Kaiser Permanente volunteer medical response teams consisting of physicians, nurses and mental health providers to the Gulf Region at the specific request of the US Surgeon General, and was part of the largest medical volunteer response program in the history of the country.
Skip holds both a BS in Business Administration, and an MBA.