Executive Biographies | Colorado
Donna Lynne, DrPH
Group president, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado
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Donna Lynne, DrPH, is a group president for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and is responsible for its Pacific Northwest, Ohio and Georgia regions. In addition, she is the president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado. There are more than 535,000 Kaiser Permanente members in Colorado and 870,000 in the other three regions she oversees, with a combined total revenue base of more than $7 billion. Kaiser Permanente Colorado owns and operates more than 26 full-service medical offices in Denver, Boulder, Southern Colorado and Northern Colorado and is the state’s largest group medical practice organization. Kaiser Permanente Colorado has been a Medicare 5-Star Health Plan since implementation of the 5-Star Program three years ago, and it has achieved market-leading rankings by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and J.D. Power and Associates.
From 1998 to April 2005, Dr. Lynne was the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Group Health Inc., a $2.5 billion managed care organization. In the mid-1990s, she was the executive director of the New York Business Group on Health. Dr. Lynne spent 20 years in various positions in New York City government, including first deputy commissioner, Office of Labor Relations; director, Mayor’s Office of Operations; and senior vice president, New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.
Dr. Lynne was an International Executive Fellow with the International Federation of Health Plans. She was awarded the Denver Business Journal’s 2008 Outstanding Women in Business award. Dr. Lynne received the 2009 Distinguished Coloradan Award from the University of Colorado Denver School of Pharmacy. She also received the President’s Award from Women in Health Management and the Health Care Leadership Award from the New York Business Group on Health.
Dr. Lynne is a member of the board of directors for eHealth Initiative and the Foundation for eHealth Initiative. In Colorado, she currently serves on the boards of Colorado Legacy Foundation, Colorado Mountain Club, Colorado Regional Health Information Organization, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Denver Public Schools Foundation, Teach for America-Colorado and U.S. Bank Colorado Advisory Board. Dr. Lynne is a member of Colorado Concern and Colorado Forum. She currently co-chairs the Denver Education Compact Executive Advisory Board for Mayor Michael B. Hancock. Additionally, in 2010 she was one of 16 statewide transition co-chairs and the Personnel and Administration Committee co-chair for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. Dr. Lynne currently serves on Gov. Hickenlooper’s TBD Colorado Advisory Group.
Dr. Lynne has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of New Hampshire, a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University, and a doctorate in public health from Columbia University. She also holds the designation of Certified Employee Benefits Specialist from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans/University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. Since 2005, Dr. Lynne has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health at Columbia University.
Dr. Lynne enjoys skiing, mountaineering, cycling, and reading. She resides in Morrison,
Colorado and has three children, Rachel (33), James (31), and Ben (29).