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Richmond: Healthcare honor for Henry J. Kaiser

Henry J. Kaiser as caricatured in a 1943 program for a ship launching at the Kaiser shipyards in Richmond, Calif.

Henry J. Kaiser as caricatured in a 1943 program for a ship launching at the Kaiser shipyards in Richmond.

It’s possible that Henry J. Kaiser is less-known today as an industrialist than he is as the co-founder of the health maintenance organization that bears his name.

Henry J. himself predicted that would be his legacy.

Kaiser Permanente announced on Monday that its namesake co-founder has been inducted into the Health Care Hall of Fame by Modern Healthcare.

From an announcement posted online by the HMO, which opened its first hospitals in Richmond and Oakland almost 70 years ago:

“At age 75 when Henry Kaiser’s industrial empire was at its zenith, the builder of some of the 20th century’s iconic bridges, dams, ships, airplanes, and automobiles said, ‘Of all the things that I’ve done, I expect only to be remembered for my hospitals. They’re filling the people’s greatest need –– good health.'”

Henry Kaiser, who was 85 when he died in 1967, joins 87 other inductees, including Kaiser Permanente’s other founder, Dr. Sidney Garfield, who was given the same honor in 1988.

Chris Treadway

  • John Strohmeier

    When did the first Kaiser hospital open and where?