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Albert and Adriana Hernandez Reach Weight Loss Goals by Supporting Each Other

Posted by in Compassion, Featured, Prevention on 12. Jan, 2015 | 7 Comments

When Albert Hernandez made a bet with a co-worker to lose his extra weight, his wife, Adriana Hernandez, joined him. “We [used to] get a pizza and to not leave any leftovers, I would just finish the whole thing,” Albert said. “She would just try to keep up with me.  It was just overeating.” Albert and Adriana supported each other … more

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Darin Miller Takes Control of His Health

Posted by in Compassion, Featured on 05. Jan, 2015 | 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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Kaiser Permanente’s Focus on Prevention Helped Detect Geborah Goldberger’s Early Stage Breast Cancer

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 22. Dec, 2014 | 0 Comments

Geborah Golberger, PhD, is family therapist, a mom of 10 and a Medicare member at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. And thanks to Kaiser Permanente’s persistence and its focus on prevention through regular screenings, Geborah is a breast cancer survivor. In the process of signing up for Kaiser Permanente, Geborah was asked to complete a series of screenings, and she … more

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In Person as well as Virtually, Mental Health Services Help Sherry Pasedag Get Back on Track

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 08. Dec, 2014 | 0 Comments

When a management change caused a drastic shift in Sherry Pasedag’s work life, the Georgia native was overcome by feelings of nervousness and anxiety. Under the new management, she dealt daily with the fear of losing her job. The stress weighing on her mental health had physical side effects, too. “I would wake up shaking in the middle of the … more

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Living with HIV for 31 Years, Jules Mastro Thanks His Kaiser Permanente Doctor

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care on 01. Dec, 2014 | 2 Comments

Julio (Jules) Mastro is a native of Fresno, Calif. and long-time Kaiser Permanente member. On the day before his birthday in 1981, he found out he had anal-rectal cancer and was HIV-positive. In search of comfort after his brother passed away of AIDS the following year, Jules threw himself into nonprofit work, advocating for people living with HIV/AIDS, their families, … more

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Kaiser Permanente Helped Diana Parret Navigate Health Care Enrollment, Cancer Diagnosis and Surgery in One Month

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 17. Nov, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Every day I knew when I got up, I knew I had a problem but I didn’t know what to do.” In December 2013, Diana Parret, 59, had began experiencing some concerning symptoms. But her hands were tied; she had just been notified that she was losing her job, and therefore, her health insurance. She had heard about Covered California in … more

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Stephanie Bedwell Makes Lifestyle Changes After Successful Treatment for Breast Cancer

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 27. Oct, 2014 | 3 Comments

When Stephanie Bedwell went in to see her doctor in November, the receptionist at the front desk reminded her that she was overdue for a mammogram. Stephanie, a teacher, wasn’t planning on getting her required screenings until summer break, but decided just to get her mammogram over with. A series of tests later, her doctors discovered she had Stage 1 … more

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After Successful Treatment for Breast Cancer, Kaiser Permanente Helps Kathleen Tebb Resume Her Rock-Climbing Hobby

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 20. Oct, 2014 | 4 Comments

Heidi Olander, MD, at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center, could have assumed the lump on Kathleen Tebb’s chest was a clogged milk duct, since the 39-year-old mother of two was weaning her youngest child. Instead, Dr. Olander sent Kathleen, a rock-climbing enthusiast and health psychologist at University of California San Francisco, to Joyce Chou, MD, for further investigation. Two … more

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

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 06. Oct, 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

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Post-Treatment Support Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Return to Normal Life

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Get To Know Us on 06. Oct, 2014 | 1 Comment

For many women, ending breast cancer treatment and beginning life as a survivor is challenging. Longtime surgeon Ernie Bodai, MD, F.A.C.S. is the director of the Breast Cancer Survivorship Institute with Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento. He has a very important message for breast cancer survivors: “They can return to a normal life.” For most women, life after breast cancer can … more