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RAYMOND MYER KAY, M.D., RETIRES: KAISER PERMANENTE MEDICAL GROUP PIONEER

 RAYMOND MYER KAY, M.D., RETIRES:
 KAISER PERMANENTE MEDICAL GROUP PIONEER
 PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Raymond Myer Kay, M.D., one of the pioneers of the managed healthcare industry and a founding partner of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, has retired after a 42-year affiliation with the organization.
 "One of Kaiser Permanente's early pioneers, Dr. Kay also was a leader in the group practice pre-payment movement in this country," said James Vohs, chairman of the boards of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. "Through the strength of his leadership he helped lay the foundation for a superb quality medical care program in Southern California."
 In 1949, Kay helped establish the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG -- the physician-partnership entity of the Kaiser Permanente organization) with a 50-bed hospital, nine physicians and 9,000 pre-paid group members in Fontana, Calif. Serving as its first medical director in Southern California from 1949 to 1969, he helped develop Kaiser Permanente into one of the largest pre-paid health management groups in the United States. In the process, Kay helped found an industry which now provides healthcare to 36.5 million people nationwide (a). At the time of Kay's retirement, Kaiser Permanente alone listed 6.5 million members nationwide and 2.3 million in Southern California.
 In 1970, Kay assumed responsibilities as director of Medical Manpower for the development and direction of the Nurse Practitioner Training and Utilization Program of SCPMG, in addition to serving as medical coordinator of the Comprehensive Health Program.
 A member of the Los Angeles County Medical Association and The American College of Physicians, in 1984, Kay was the recipient of the Russell V. Lee Lectureship Award. He was a special consultant to the State of California, State and Consumer Services Agency, and The Department of Consumer Affairs in Sacramento, Calif. In addition, he served as advisor to the Charles E. Drew Postgraduate Medical School, the Claremont Colleges-Human Resources Institute, The Nurse Practitioner journal and the Northeast Valley Health Center in Mission Hills.
 Born in Texarkana, Texas, in 1904, Kay attended Los Angeles High School and Stanford University (A.B., 1927 and M.D., 1931). He completed his internship and residency requirements for internal medicine at Los Angeles County General Hospital and for pathology at Cook County Hospital, Chicago.
 Returning to Los Angeles in 1934, Kay practiced privately and served as part-time instructor and assistant professor at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine, where he started the Intern-Residency Program, until 1941.
 After a five-and-a-half-year tour of duty with the U.S. Army Medical Corps., Kay served as director of residency programs at USC-Los Angeles County General Hospital and associate professor of medicine at USC School of Medicine until beginning his career with Kaiser Permanente in 1949.
 Kay has four children and nine grandchildren. He is a resident of Upland, Calif.
 (a) Figures from end of 1990, courtesy of Group Health Association of American (GHAA).
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 /NOTE: Photo available upon request, 818-405-5528.
 /CONTACT: Kathleen Barco of Kaiser Permanente, 818-405-5517/ CO: Kaiser Permanente ST: California IN: HEA SU: PER


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