Anthony (Tony) Coleman, who grew up in Fontana, has been selected as Kaiser Permanente’s new assistant hospital administrator for the San Bernardino County area.
Coleman, who attended Fontana A.B. Miller High School, recalled that he and his brother used to ride their bicycles down Sierra Avenue to Tailor Made, a donut shop across the street from the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center.
He said that before joining the Navy, he received all of his health care through Kaiser Permanente.
“I used to get migraines and thankfully they had gone away as I grew older," he said. "However, in order to join the Navy, I needed my doctor to write a note verifying that the migraines had subsided. A few days later, I rode my bike down Sierra Avenue to Fontana Medical Center. I met with my doctor, he reviewed my medical record, and was able to provide the note that I needed.”
Coleman has since retired from the Navy as a lieutenant after 20 years, and has more than 10 years of successful health administration and finance leadership experience.
Most recently, he participated in the Senior Military Officer Program sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, which prepares senior military officers for transition into senior level healthcare opportunities.
Coleman earned his doctorate in Health Administration and Policy and his master of Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina, and his bachelor of science in Workforce, Education and Development from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
“If it weren’t for Kaiser Permanente, I wouldn’t have had my Navy career or my health care career. It is a blessing to be able to return and serve the community that I grew up in. Life has come full circle," Coleman said.
He began in his new position on March 12.