Sharing in the Tiger Woods Foundation's passion for helping families and communities thrive, Kaiser Permanente is a generous supporter of TGR EDU: Create, our professional development STEM program benefitting both teachers and students. Today, we speak to Mark Costa, senior vice president and area manager of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan & Hospitals in Orange County, California, who is responsible for the care delivery of more than 530,000 members supported by 7,000 staff and 1,000 Permanente physicians that he leads in partnership with the Orange County Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG).

With an undergraduate degree and Master's of Public Health from UCLA, a member of the UCLA School of Public Health Alumni Board and 35 years in the healthcare industry, Costa has been a longtime advocate of high-quality care for all and is dedicated to shaping the future of medicine. In a Q&A with TWF, Costa offers a glimpse into his world and the core values that have guided him throughout his career. 

How did you get involved with the Tiger Woods Foundation? 

In looking to invest in educating tomorrow's future leaders, Kaiser Permanente is proud to support Tiger Woods Foundation's investment in STEM and high school teachers and students. 

What's the best advice you've received and given? 

The greatest opportunity for learning occurs when one takes some personal risk and tries something new. 

Tell us about someone or something that has inspired you greatly.  

I am always inspired when I meet individuals who somehow care for those less fortunate. 

Describe yourself in 10 words or less. 

Father, sponsor of others, motivator and supporter. 

There are several common traits our staff and scholars possess -- traits we believe lead to success. Which trait do you identify with and why?

Unhindered. Today's world continuously changes which presents to all of us the opportunity to be challenged and energized.

Why did you choose your profession?   

I chose to work within healthcare for the opportunity to make a meaningful difference to others each day. 

Champions of the unexpected.