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New Healthwise leader pledges to further nonprofit’s mission

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Robert Kyte
Robert Kyte

Robert “Bob” Kyte took the helm at Healthwise on July 1 after the retirement of founder and CEO Donald W. Kemper.

Kyte, a lawyer, was named CEO in March after an almost yearlong nationwide search. He started work June 1 to ensure a smooth transition, and current Healthwise senior leaders have stayed on board to maintain continuity and a strategic focus on the organization’s nonprofit mission to help people make better health decisions.

This is Kyte’s second stint at Healthwise. He served as its general and outside counsel for 15 years beginning in 1990.

Kyte comes from the nonprofit Adventist Risk Management Inc., where he served as president and CEO. He has previously served as general counsel at the World Headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Washington, D.C., and as CEO and general counsel for Pacific Press Publishing Association in Nampa.

“Bob’s experience in leading market-serving nonprofits, his vision for what lies ahead, and his passion for helping people make better health decisions combined to make him the winning candidate,” said Margaret O’Kane, chair of the Healthwise board.

Said Kyte. “We’ll continue to look for new ways to accomplish our mission, whether it’s changes in medicine that influence our content, advances in technology, or offering new services to help our clients.”

Kyte is a graduate of Walla Walla University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management and marketing. He earned his law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore.

Don Kemper and his wife, Molly Mettler, senior vice president-mission, retired after a combined seven decades with the company.

Kemper founded Healthwise 41 years ago and built it into an organization with $40 million in yearly revenue and more than 275 employees.

Mettler joined in 1985, bringing a background in health promotion for older adults.

“The Healthwise formula for success combines equal parts passion for the mission, commitment to our unique culture, and deep desire to help every client succeed,” Kemper said.

Healthwise partners with hospitals, electronic medical record providers, health plans, care management companies, and health websites such as WebMD to provide up-to-date, evidence-based information.

Healthwise says people have turned to its information more than 1.8 billion times to learn how to do more for themselves, ask for the care they need, and say “no” to the care they don’t.

This story appears in the July 20-Aug. 16, 2016 edition of the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider magazine. Click here for the daily Statesman e-edition, including Business Insider (subscription required).

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