Kaiser Permanente Member Seeks Help From Therapist to Leave Abusive Relationship

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 25. Oct, 2016 | 4 Comments

Lynnette Bowens Varela met her now ex-husband when she was just 15 years old. She fell in love with him quickly, and she fell hard. “I just thought he was the whole package,” she recalled. She married him at the first opportunity she could: right after high school graduation. But soon after they got married, he flipped a switch. “I … more

Kaiser Permanente Care Team Member Helps Young Woman Newly Diagnosed With MS

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 13. Oct, 2016 | 1 Comment

Chelsea Reeverts, a newly engaged and otherwise healthy young woman, was in for a shock when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). “I had a lot of questions,” said Reeverts, a Kaiser Permanente member living in Colorado. She didn’t know much about MS, how she would overcome this new challenge in her life, or how it would affect her … more

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In Coleen d’Avignon’s Battle With Cancer, Her Care Team Became her ‘Ohana

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 06. Oct, 2016 | 0 Comments

In Coleen d’Avignon’s battle with cancer, the scariest part was the original diagnosis. “When someone actually says to you, ‘you have cancer,’ death and dying isn’t that far away,” Coleen said. But Coleen wanted to do everything she could to get and stay healthy — and her care team at Kaiser Permanente helped her move forward quickly. Patients who have … more

When Noah Ludtke Was Diagnosed With Leukemia, His Care Team Eased His Anxiety

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 22. Sep, 2016 | 1 Comment

When 14-year-old Noah Ludtke was first diagnosed with leukemia, he was scared. “The first day that I took care of him was the day he was diagnosed,” said Michelle Yim, RN. “He was super withdrawn and very anxious and very scared. You couldn’t get a word out of his mouth.” Noah didn’t want to talk to anybody, he just wanted … more

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Ground-breaking epilepsy device provides relief for Colorado patient

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 18. Jul, 2016 | 0 Comments

For Sharon Hostetter, the unexplained seizures were frightening. And Kaiser Permanente Colorado neurologist and epileptologist Danielle McDermott, MD, was determined to figure out what was going on in Sharon’s head. After spending five days under close observation in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Saint Joseph Hospital, Sharon was diagnosed with epilepsy in both the right and left temporal lobes of … more

Coordinated Care Helped Ricardo Martinez Manage Depression and Anxiety

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 09. May, 2016 | 1 Comment

Ricardo Martinez has a favorite quote from Mark Twain: “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.” Ricardo loves to fly fish, so he knew he had a serious problem when even his favorite hobby didn’t inspire him to get out of bed. “There is no feeling … more

Child Development Specialist Supported Jenny Thamer By Phone Through Her Daughter’s First Years

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Featured on 27. Jan, 2016 | 1 Comment

First time mom Jenny Thamer had no idea motherhood would be so difficult. “Your life changes in so many ways,” Jenny reflects. “You learn that you have this incredible capacity for love. And you want to do the right thing for your baby, but you don’t always have the right tools.” In Jenny’s case, little baby Lauren just wouldn’t sleep. … more

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 05. Oct, 2015 | 0 Comments

Geborah Goldberger, 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

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

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