Murtaza Sanwari has been appointed senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills.

Sanwari, who has nearly 20 years of experience with Kaiser, will be responsible for all hospital and health plan functions in the service area.

“He is perfectly suited to lead and build upon ongoing strategic initiatives to enhance care delivery, our facilities and the member experience in the West San Fernando Valley and Ventura County areas,” said Bill Caswell, chief operating officer for Kaiser Permanente Southern California.

Sanwari joined Kaiser Permanente in 1999, serving in multiple roles at the Southern California regional offices. He then moved into hospital operations, serving as assistant administrator of support services at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, focusing on operations, market development, strategic ventures, and capital and strategic planning.

“I grew up in Reseda and Northridge, live in Porter Ranch, and both my children were born at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center. I am extremely grateful to Kaiser Permanente for the opportunity to serve our members and communities in a such a meaningful way,” said Sanwari in a statement.

Kaiser Permanente’s Woodland Hills service area includes West San Fernando Valley and Ventura County, and the communities of Agoura, Calabasas, Camarillo, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Encino, Fillmore, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Northridge, Oxnard, Porter Ranch, Reseda, Santa Paula, Sherman Oaks (West), Simi Valley, Tarzana, Thousand Oaks, Topanga, Ventura, Winnetka and Woodland Hills.