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A Generous Donor Gives Bob Maggiore a New Heart – and a New Life

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care on 14. Apr, 2014 | 0 Comments

Golf had always been a favorite pastime for Bob Maggiore. And it was following a casual round on the links with friends when – without any warning – his life changed forever. “Right after I finished, I was in the locker room cleaning up and suddenly had cold sweats, nausea…I knew something was wrong.” He had the presence of mind … more

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Kaiser Permanente Team Paved the Way for Warren Head’s Lung Transplant

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 07. Apr, 2014 | 0 Comments

When longtime runner Warren Head couldn’t jog a quarter of a mile without being seriously winded, he knew he had a problem. In 1990, Head was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a disease in which inflammation occurs in the lymph nodes, lungs, liver, eyes, skin or other tissues. Head’s sarcoidosis affected his lungs and liver. By 2003 his physician, Reginald Mason, MD, … more

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Susan Mahler Goes From Heart Failure to Success Thanks to Kaiser Permanente

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 31. Mar, 2014 | 4 Comments

Susan Mahler of San Diego, California, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2000, and thanks to medication and the care she received at Kaiser Permanente, she fared well until 2003 when breathing became difficult. Doctors at Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center replaced some of the former elementary school principal’s heart valves, but during the surgery, they discovered that … more

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A Kaiser Permanente Doctor and Long-Time Friend Helps Walter Roussell Overcome Colon Cancer

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 17. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

After serving in the military, Walter Roussell pursued a career as a hairdresser. Daniel “Stony” Anderson, MD, followed his own time in the military by completing his medical training. The pair crossed paths more than 25 years ago, when Dr. Anderson came into Walter’s salon for a haircut. They have been friends ever since. Dr. Anderson, a gastroenterologist at Kaiser … more

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Seven Years After Being Diagnosed With Colon Cancer, Elsie Garcia is in Full Remission and Thriving

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 12. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sixty seven-year-old Elsie Garcia has always taken cancer prevention seriously. Each year when Kaiser Permanente mailed her an at-home colon cancer screening test, she completed it immediately and looked forward to clear results. In 2007, Elsie’s results came back positive. The at-home screening, called a fecal immunochemical test (FIT), uses a stool sample to detect a wide array of colon … more

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Adamma Ajufoh, RN: Going Beyond Her Role to Care for Patients

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Get To Know Us on 03. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a manager, Adamma is not expected to perform patient care, but she gladly rolls up her shirt sleeves to make sure our patients are taken care of. … more

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Kaiser Permanente Helps Don Conkling Manage High Blood Pressure the Natural Way

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 24. Feb, 2014 | 0 Comments

Every man in Don Conkling’s family has struggled with high blood pressure. After more than 40 years of dealing with the condition himself, Don decided to take control of his health. Don sought the guidance of Shandra Yoshimi, MD, at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center, to get a clear picture of the steps he could take to achieve his health goals. Dr. Yoshimi outlined … more

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A Successful Heart Surgery Has Runner Sarah Phelan Back on Her Feet

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 10. Feb, 2014 | 0 Comments

Thirty-four year-old Kaiser Permanente employee Sarah Phelan has always known she had a heart murmur. But when doctors discovered an aneurysm in her heart, everything changed. Just after giving birth to her first child, Sarah was told she needed emergency heart surgery at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center. Sarah was skeptical. Her mother had undergone a similar surgery years before … more

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Darin Miller Takes Control of His Health

Posted by in Compassion, Featured on 27. Jan, 2014 | 3 Comments

Sometimes, getting healthy takes a wake-up call. For Kaiser Permanente nurse Darin Miller, that moment came when he rolled over on his waterbed to pick up his newly-crawling baby daughter.  At the time Darin weighed 270 pounds, and because of his weight, a wave rippled in the waterbed, throwing his daughter across the bed and out of reach. “It broke … more

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Early Detection of Breast Cancer Saves Rev. Sharon Brandon’s Life

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care on 15. Jan, 2014 | 0 Comments

A long family history of breast cancer has always motivated music teacher and Reverend Sharon Brandon to stay on top of her annual mammograms. After years of clear results, Sharon decided to skip her 2011 mammogram. The following year, Sharon got back on track with her mammogram. This time, she was surprised to learn that she had breast cancer.  “I never … more