Innovation is in our DNA

Sidney Garfield sitting on a benchThe Garfield Center is named after Kaiser Permanente’s founding physician, Dr. Sidney Garfield. He was a passionate innovator of hospital design, care delivery, and the power of computers in health care.

Dr. Garfield pioneered a game changing health care delivery model that kept people well, in addition to providing care when ill. He envisioned a system that encouraged members to maintain a healthy lifestyle, which ultimately became the roots of Kaiser Permanente’s “Thrive” motto.

Dr. Garfield’s curiosity and drive to improve systems are reflected in the mission, projects, and future-minded vision of our Center today.