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Kaiser Permanente Northern California welcomes new Chief Nursing Executive

Toby Marsh is the new Regional Chief Nursing Executive and Vice President, Clinical Integration, for Northern California.

Kerri Leedy (559) 307-6491


Oakland, Calif., Dec. 5, 2022 – Toby Marsh, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, is the new Regional Chief Nursing Executive and Vice President, Clinical Integration, for the Kaiser Permanente Northern California region.

An accomplished nurse executive with more than 25 years of leadership experience, Marsh will oversee nursing practices in Northern California including recruitment, hiring and staffing efforts, clinical quality, patient safety, nursing standards of care, and education and professional development.

Toby Marsh
Toby Marsh

“I am honored to be leading our team of compassionate, extraordinary front-line caregivers who give of themselves every day to put the needs of our members and patients first,” Marsh said. “I look forward to leading the thousands of nurses in our 21 Northern California hospitals who continue advancing the delivery of excellent, compassionate care for our members across the continuum, and boldly transform care to improve the health of our communities.”

Kaiser Permanente Northern California is committed to being the best place for nurses to work. In his role, Marsh will continue to focus on recruiting and hiring front-line staff as well as supporting the nurse residency program. This work has resulted in Kaiser Permanente Northern California hiring 1,060 new nurses and adding 328 nurse residents since the beginning of 2022.

Marsh will also oversee professional development opportunities for nurses, which include career pathways for staff through specialty training programs, as well as certification and tuition support for those wanting advance degrees.

“We are excited to have Toby join our team and continue to build on the momentum of hiring and staffing our talented nurse community,” said Carrie Owen Plietz, FACHE, president of Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California region. “Toby’s experience and dedication to the field of nursing will serve our organization well as he continues to expand upon our commitment to nursing excellence.”  

Marsh joins Kaiser Permanente Northern California from UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento where he most recently served as the Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer for the 646-bed hospital. He held progressive nurse leadership roles during his 18-year tenure with the organization, including Assistant Nurse Manager, Cardiac ICU; Relief Nurse Supervisor; Nurse Manager, Medical Surgical ICU and ENT; and Director of Patient Care Services.

Prior to UC Davis, he spent 7 years in the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, he served as a Personnel Programs Officer and Squadron Section Commander.

Marsh earned a BS in Health Sciences at California State University, Fresno; an MSA in Human Resources from Central Michigan University; an ADN Nursing from Pacific Union College; and an MSN in Health Systems Leadership from Gonzaga University; and will complete a DNP-Nurse Executive program at Old Dominion University in 2024.

He succeeds Ann Williamson, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, who is retiring from Kaiser Permanente in January 2023.


About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.6 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.



This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Congratulations, Toby Marsh! You’ll love Kaiser Permanente. I certainly did during my tenure there. Wishing you all the best! Happy Holidays.

  2. Congratulations, Toby! I am excited to see that you are now working for Kaiser!! Hopefully will see you one day!


    Kim Meredith

  3. I am excited for our new leadership. I worked for Kaiser Permanent for 31 years as an LVN. I would like to suggest with your leadership skills to consider further education for LVNs and other staff members to have the educational opportunities for future leaderships. Thank you for your leadership to Kaiser Foundation.

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