The School of Public Health gave its Alumnus of the Year Award to Kok Lim, MPH, who now serves as medical group administrator at Kaiser Permanente in Riverside.
From the School of Public Health, Eric Anderson, PhD, MBA; Renate Krause, PhD; and David Dyjack, DrPH, presented the award to Mr. Lim at his office during a reception with his colleagues August 3.
Mr. Lim, originally from Singapore and the son of a famous race care driver, received his bachelor’s degree in theology from La Sierra University and then went on to Loma Linda University.
After graduating from Loma Linda University, Mr. Lim became a department manager at Kaiser Fontana in 1973. He soon became bored managing a single department and gradually took on more responsibility. He then went on to assume leadership positions in the preventive medicine, home care, and social services departments, among others.
In 1985, Mr. Lim became medical group administrator, the position he still holds. Under his leadership, Kaiser Riverside is consistently one of the top performers in the Southern California region. Even when times were good he pushed for lower costs, knowing that the good times would not last forever.
“Under Kok Lim’s leadership Kaiser Riverside has consistently been one of the top performers in the Southern California region,” says Dr. Anderson, who nominated Mr. Lim for the award.
“Mr. Lim has been most supportive of the School of Public Health, “ Dr. Anderson adds.
He was instrumental in getting the CEOs from the Kaiser Permanente and Kaiser Foundation regional offices to speak at the School of Public Health’s American Health Care Congress, says Dr. Anderson. Close to 100 attendees from Kaiser attended last year’s Congress.And through Mr. Lim’s leadership, Kaiser Permanente has supported the Loma Linda University School of Public Health’s annual Healthy People conference and provided many placement opportunities for the School’s alumni, evident by the number currently working for Kaiser Permanente.