Imelda Dacones, MD FACP

Dr. Dacones is a nationally recognized leader in driving value-based care innovation and a long-time advocate of the Quadruple Aim. She joins us from Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW), where she most recently served as President and CEO of Northwest Permanente (NWP) and chair of the National Permanente Executive Committee. In these roles Dr. Dacones had remarkable success in modernizing business functions, growing the KPNW footprint, improving margins, driving innovation, and fostering clinician and team member engagement. She also practiced as a primary care physician and hospital-based internist for more than 22 years and has been recognized numerous times as a physician and leader. In 2020, she was named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minority Leaders. In 2019, she was the recipient of Portland Business Journal’s Health Care Leadership Award. Dr. Dacones received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Chicago, where she also completed her internship and residency training in internal medicine. Imelda is moving to Seattle from Portland with her husband and two children. As their children start college in the fall, she looks forward to getting reacquainted with her college sweetheart and husband, Paul. They plan to explore the great state of Washington while getting involved in the communities we serve.