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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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A Preventative Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Saves Ray Territ’s Life

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 22. Jun, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ray Territ was playing golf when his feet started feeling abnormally heavy. When the feeling didn’t pass and leg pain set in, Ray went to see Kaiser Permanente Family Physician Lisa Tran, MD. When Dr. Tran opened Ray’s file on Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, an online tool that Kaiser Permanente physicians use to access updated patient files and health histories, she … more

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Young Father-of-Three Changes Lifestyle after “Warning Shot” Heart Attack

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 01. Jun, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s well-known heart disease is the No. 1 health-related killer of Americans. But not so well known is that Hispanics and Latinos face even higher risks of cardiovascular diseases. That’s because they have a higher likelihood of having high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Isaac Plasencio of Broomfield, Colo. experienced this reality first-hand. One night in December 2014, he started … 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

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

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 27. Apr, 2015 | 1 Comment

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

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 13. Apr, 2015 | 2 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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Organ Donation: A Q&A With Juan Alvergue, MD

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 06. Apr, 2015 | 2 Comments

Organ donation is the process of giving an organ or part of an organ for the purpose of transplantation into another person.* While some view organ donation as a controversial process, a single organ donor can save up to eight lives, and enhance the lives of up to 100 more. The Care Stories team sat down with Juan Alvergue, MD, … more