Kaiser Permanente's new medical school will be named after Bernard Tyson

Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente's new medical will be named the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, in honor of the organization's late chairman and CEO.

The school's board of directors made the announcement Nov. 18 during a memorial service for Mr. Tyson in San Francisco. He died unexpectedly in his sleep on Nov. 10.

Mr. Tyson, whose career with Kaiser Permanente spanned more than 30 years, spearheaded the development of the new medical school, which is slated to open in Pasadena, Calif., next year.

"Bernard Tyson's passion for this medical school was a driving force in its creation and will be a daily reminder of his own lived commitment to equity, diversity, and courageous leadership," Holly J. Humphrey, MD, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine board chair and president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, said in a news release. "These same values are at the core of the mission and vision of this school and will serve to inspire current and future generations."

Earlier this year, the school announced that it will waive tuition for its first five classes.

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