FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 11, 2019
STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF BERNARD TYSON, CHAIRMAN/CEO, KAISER FOUNDATION HOSPITALS, INC.
A statement by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
We are saddened by the sudden death of Bernard Tyson, chairman and chief executive officer of the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Inc., who was a pioneer in the healthcare insurance industry.
His role as an advocate for racial justice and workplace diversity was a start. He set the agenda forever for the uninsured, the underinsured and the insured. Bernard Tyson was always there for those whose backs were against the wall.
As the debate rages on around the country for expanded healthcare for those who are locked out, his voice will be sorely missed.
I hope the Kaiser Permanente board will honor his legacy and that his replacement will have his values and his broad view.
May his soul rest in peace.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.