Julie Miller-Phipps will retire as president of Kaiser Permanente’s southern California and Hawaii operations in July, marking an end to her 45-year career with the integrated health system, the company announced Tuesday.
Miller-Phipps has led the Oakland, California-based company’s business in southern California since 2016 and in Hawaii since 2020. She previously was president of Kaiser Permanente Georgia from 2014 to 2016, and senior vice president of the Orange County, California, service area earlier in her career.
During Miller-Phipps’ tenure, Kaiser Permanente membership in southern California, where it operates 15 hospitals and 236 medical offices, grew by half a million people to 4.8 million, according to the company. In Hawaii, Kaiser Permanente operates one hospital and 28 medical offices and clinics, and it covers 266,500 members.
Miller-Phipps contributed to Kaiser Permanente’s COVID-19 strategy, which included mass vaccination hubs, testing sites and mobile resources, the news release says. The company credits her with helping it quadruple inpatient capacity during winter surges.
Kaiser Permanente developed two hospitals in San Diego during her time as president: San Diego Medical Center, which opened in 2017, and San Marcos Medical Center, which is set to open in August.