links is good i'm happy to welcome bernard tyson the chief executive officer for kaiser permanente to make this announcement second reason i want to kind of put this in context a few weeks ago the council released a report that confirms what i think we've been seeing for quite some time the health care industry in san francisco is the number one employment and economic quack industry in all our industrial settings over $23 billion impact in our local economy and certainly a great employer of thousands of people many are standing beside me and around me i want to welcome our director of public health department barbara and supervisor london breed as well as our director of our san francisco foundation for a black well here as well so the health care industry a big driver of the economy lots of jobs but ultimately it is also and, of course, i want to welcome in our supervisor cohen who i just saw come on up supervisor in addition to jobs i know there's a great reason why there's at least 5 major hospitals under construction today in san francisco we care about health not just the hospit
tyson. bernard and i started kaiser permanente in san francisco in the late 80s. and watching the trajectory of his career, i watched and admired him, just watched in awe. he embodied the missions of kaiser permanente, bringing our mission statement to life. it was his contribution to communities in local, regional, as well as national arenas. most of all, i was really so impressed and in awe that he was not afraid to use his platform to address difficult issues that a health care organization would not address, such as homelessness, health disparities, and socially taboo topics just as racial profiling. i had such respect for his remarkable candor. kaiser permanente has a strong history of bringing people of diverse backgrounds together. we honor black history month by recognizing african americans and their contributions to our medical center, the history of our organization, and certainly to our country. kaiser honors the strength of our struggles for equality in this country to date. kaiser permanente is unique in that we are an integrated health care system.
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