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Kaiser Permanente Helps Marcy Pires Stay Connected to Her Premature Baby

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 24. Aug, 2015 | 6 Comments

NI When Kaiser Permanente employee Marcy Pires of Corona, California was not quite 23 weeks pregnant, her obstetrician had to induce labor. Marcy delivered her daughter, Ella, via Caesarean-section, at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center. Ella weighed just 1 lb., 5 oz. and was whisked off to neonatal intensive care. Before her baby’s premature birth, Marcy had planned to breastfeed. … more

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Owen Ostergard, Self-Taught Swimmer With Down Syndrome, Wins Gold Medals at Special Olympics Competitions

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 22. Jul, 2015 | 10 Comments

When he was nine years old, Owen Ostergard surprised his parents when he jumped into his neighbor’s pool and began to do the butterfly stroke. “I can swim like Michael Phelps!” he assured them. He had been obsessively studying Michael Phelps’ races during the 2012 Summer Olympics. “We [recorded the races], and he watched it backwards in slow motion, and … more

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Young Kaiser Permanente Member Learns How to Get and Stay Healthy

Posted by in Compassion, Prevention on 10. Jul, 2015 | 0 Comments

After failing to find a dress to wear for her mother’s wedding, 11-year-old Cindy Baldan-Morris and her mother Melissa found themselves facing one of the fastest growing health issues in America today: childhood obesity. “When I found out what my BMI was and what a healthy level was, that really just opened my eyes and shocked me that I needed … more

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Susan Woodell Shares How Her Doctor Saved Her Life

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Prevention on 10. Jul, 2015 | 0 Comments

Susan Woodell remembers the exact date when she felt the abdominal pain: Labor Day weekend, 2003. When she saw a Kaiser Permanente doctor, she was told: “You’ve got a burst cyst on your right ovary. Just go home and pack your bags – we’re going to operate tonight.” The bad news kept coming. She says she was told there was … more

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After Three Close Calls With Melanoma, Mac Knows the Value of Sun Safety and Regular Check Ups

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 06. Jul, 2015 | 3 Comments

Most of Adelbert “Mac” McIntyre’s life has been spent in the sun. Between his day job laying gas pipelines and his free time spent on the San Diego beaches, Mac found both his life’s work and his relaxation in the sunshine. All of that direct sunlight took a toll on Mac’s body, and when it came time for a routine … more

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A Kaiser Permanente Care Team Saves a Teacher’s Voice

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 29. Jun, 2015 | 0 Comments

Warren Keppler was 58 years old when he woke up with a bump the size of a plum on his neck. Startled, Warren immediately scheduled an appointment with his Kaiser Permanente physician. It wasn’t long before tests revealed Stage 4 throat cancer at the base of Warren’s tongue. For Warren, the cancer diagnosis was just as unnerving as the treatment … more

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First-Time Mom Thankful Doctors Kept Watchful Eye During High-Risk Twin Molar Pregnancy

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care on 18. May, 2015 | 1 Comment

“We were over the moon,” Jenny Quinn gushes, recalling her reaction when she found out she was pregnant with their first child. “The pregnancy was wonderful. I loved being pregnant; I felt healthy and great.” But when Jenny was 20 weeks along, a red flag was raised during a genetic screening test. After an intricate ultrasound, OB/GYN Mariah North, MD, … more

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Mary Wright, RN, Uses Personal Experience with Diabetes to Help Her Patients and Families

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Get To Know Us on 08. May, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mary Wright is a pediatric nurse endocrinologist whose primary commitment is to her patients; she promotes, advocates, and strives to protect their health, safety, and their rights. As an example of how Mary has gone above and beyond for her patients, she voluntarily extended her hours into the evening to accommodate her young patients’ and their families’ school and work … more

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Mysterious Abdominal Pain After Birth Leads to Life-Saving Vascular Surgery

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care on 08. May, 2015 | 1 Comment

Dianna Goodwin was at her 34-week routine checkup appointment at Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center when she began feeling pain in her abdomen. When her OB/GYN checked her, Dianna’s cervix was dilating. When the pain worsened, doctors decided to induce labor, out of concern that Dianna’s placenta had ruptured. Cassandra Goodwin was born on March 18, 2013 and was … more

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Barely Six Months Into Pregnancy, an Appointment for a Stomachache Brings an Unexpected Delivery

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 04. May, 2015 | 1 Comment

When Tisha Arroyo and her husband went to the emergency room for a stomachache, they weren’t expecting to have a baby. Tisha had just hit the six-month milestone, an entire 15 weeks shy of a full-term pregnancy. Shortly after being admitted, Tisha’s care team at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center informed her that her upset stomach was not what she … more