Raintree: Health care caught in a perfect storm

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* Name: Shawn Raintree

* Organization: Kaiser Permanente

* Position: Executive director

* Hometown: My family moved a great deal when I was growing up. I spent the most time in Wheaton, Ill., and here in Colorado – I was an undergraduate at the Air Force Academy and got my graduate degree at the University of Colorado in Denver

* How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: I returned to Colorado Springs in 1997.

* Education: bachelor’s degree, Air Force Academy; master’s degree in health administration, University of Colorado

* A few words about your company: Kaiser Permanente is a nonprofit organization that pours its heart and soul into caring for its members – in the words of our new ad campaign, our business is to help our members to “Thrive.”

* Recent accomplishments:

Business: Over the past seven years, helping to establish Kaiser Permanente successfully in the Colorado Springs community.

Community: Currently serving as the chairman of the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries.

* Biggest career break: I have had a series of career changing events or breaks – I have been the leader of six new business startups and turnarounds, culminating with my job here at Kaiser Permanente.

* The toughest part of your job: Finding time to say thank you to the Kaiser Permanente staff who serve our members here in the Colorado Springs area.

* Someone you admire: George Manning, M.D., my Kaiser Permanente partner and the Colorado Springs medical director, for his compassion, concern for the community and our partnership.

* About your family: Wife, Jes Raintree, owner of Raintree Designs and board president of the School District 38 Board of Education. Son, Scott, 14, and daughter, Sarah, 13

* Something else you’d like to accomplish: I would like to see Kaiser Permanente health coverage offered throughout Colorado.

* How your business will change in the next decade: We are currently caught in the middle of the “perfect storm” – healthcare costs will continue to go up and while government, businesses and consumers struggle with how to pay it

* What book are you currently reading? “The Keystone Advantage,” by Marcus Iansiti and Roy Levien.

* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? Our tax base needs to be sufficient to support the infrastructure needed for future growth and we need to continue the evaluation our current model of city and county government.