Vice President of Strategic Planning & Health Plan Services
As a senior executive for the Northwest Region, Sue Hennessy is responsible for Strategic Planning, Communications & Public Relations, Government Affairs/Community Benefit, Performance Improvement, Capital & Service Delivery Planning, as well as Health Plan Service & Administration (HPSA).
Hennessy first joined Kaiser Permanente Northwest in January 2002 in the newly created position of Vice President, Performance Enhancement, reporting to the regional president and medical director. In that role, she was responsible for strategy development and business planning with a major focus on change leadership for improved business results. In 2004 she was appointed to the newly created role of Vice President, Health Plan Administration. From 2007 to July 2009 she expanded her role with added responsibility for Marketing and Sales. In 2010, Hennessy moved to her current role.
Prior to joining KPNW, Hennessy served 23 years in a variety of health care administration positions at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle and at Kaiser/Group Health. Her executive management roles included hospital administration, executive leadership for network operations, regional Vice President for Group Health’s hospital and clinic operations, Vice President-Quality, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and Vice President, Administration at Kaiser/Group Health.
During 1999 Hennessy served as the Business Continuity Manager for Kaiser Permanente’s Y2K project for the Kansas City, Colorado and Northwest Regions.
For many years, Hennessy has been active in not-for-profit organizations with an emphasis on social and health services for women and people of color. In addition to being a founding board member for the Center for Women and Democracy at the University of Washington, she served nine years on the board of the Asian Counseling and Referral Services in Seattle. Hennessy served on the board of Morrison Child and Family Services in Portland for six years and currently serves on the Board of the Portland Business Alliance.
In 1998, Hennessy attended KP’s Advanced Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Social Work from Montana State University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington.