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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

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Breast Cancer Survivor Cynthia Sewell Uses Her Second Chance to Get Healthy

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 29. Sep, 2014 | 0 Comments

A strange pain in her breast prompted Kaiser Permanente member and employee Cynthia Sewell to make an appointment with her physician. Cynthia never thought the pain would be serious. But a closer look revealed a diagnosis of ductal adenocarcinoma—breast cancer. Cynthia will never forget her husband’s reaction. “Am I going to lose my wife?” he had asked. Kaiser Permanente South … more

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Problem-Solving Optician Finds Glasses for Three-Month Old Kara Roman

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 15. Sep, 2014 | 2 Comments

No parent is prepared to find out that a new baby will have special needs from birth. But when Liliana and Zack Roman’s second daughter, Kara, was born with Stickler’s Syndrome, they found the support they needed with their Kaiser Permanente care team. Stickler’s Syndrome, a rare genetic condition, affects the eyes, nose, joints, and hearing. At just under three … more

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Jesse Campos Gets Healthy With Help From His Kaiser Permanente Physician

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 09. Sep, 2014 | 9 Comments

Jesse Campos says he startled himself, when at the age of nine, he weighed in at 220 pounds.  Unable to bend over and tie his shoes or run around like the other kids at recess, both he and his mom knew his weight was impacting his health and quality of life, but it was pediatrician, Dr. Sharon Peng at Kaiser … more