Julie Miller-Phipps, the Kaiser Permanente Southern California president who navigated the organization through three years of the COVID-19 pandemic, plans to retire in July, the health care organization announced Tuesday.

During the pandemic, Kaiser Permanente established mass vaccination hubs, expanded testing sites for members and the public and deployed mobile health resources to improve access to care under Miller-Phipps’ leadership, the organization said.

During the tremendous COVID-19 surges in the winters of 2020 and 2021, the health system was able to quadruple its inpatient capacity, enabling the clinical teams to meet the critical demand for care, according to Kaiser Permanente.

Miller-Phipps has been president of Kaiser Permanente Southern California since 2016, and president of the Hawaii region since 2020. She served as president of Kaiser Permanente Georgia from 2014 to 2016, moving to that region after serving as senior vice president of Southern California’s Orange County service area, where Miller-Phipps began her career with Kaiser Permanente 45 years ago.

Miller-Phipps championed population health efforts and has helped develop strong community partnerships to improve economic, social and environmental conditions that impact health and advance health equity, officials said.

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