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Organ Donation: A Q&A With Juan Alvergue, MD

Posted by in Excellent Care, Get To Know Us on 16. Apr, 2014 | 0 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

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

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care on 14. Apr, 2014 | 0 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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Kaiser Permanente Team Paved the Way for Warren Head’s Lung Transplant

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 07. Apr, 2014 | 0 Comments

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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Susan Mahler Goes From Heart Failure to Success Thanks to Kaiser Permanente

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 31. Mar, 2014 | 4 Comments

Susan Mahler of San Diego, California, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2000, and thanks to medication and the care she received at Kaiser Permanente, she fared well until 2003 when breathing became difficult. Doctors at Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center replaced some of the former elementary school principal’s heart valves, but during the surgery, they discovered that … more

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Mattie Shaw is Grateful for Physician’s Reminder to Undergo Colon Cancer Screening

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 31. Mar, 2014 | 2 Comments

Before she embarked on a new exercise program, Mattie Shaw of Long Beach, California wanted to ensure she was in good health. Vanessa Gavin-Headen, MD, a family medicine physician at Kaiser Permanente Long Beach Medical Offices, had ordered a colonoscopy for Mattie when she turned 50 but her patient hadn’t followed up. “It’s important for everyone to have at least … more

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Young Mom Talks About Raising Kids and Fighting Cancer

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 24. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

Colon health can be a hard subject to talk about, especially when we feel embarrassed about our symptoms. But seeking help at the first signs of a health issue can save lives. For months, psychologist Kay Gorsuch had been dealing with what she assumed were hemorrhoids when she made an appointment with her primary care doctor at Kaiser Permanente. The … more

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A Kaiser Permanente Doctor and Long-Time Friend Helps Walter Roussell Overcome Colon Cancer

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 17. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

After serving in the military, Walter Roussell pursued a career as a hairdresser. Daniel “Stony” Anderson, MD, followed his own time in the military by completing his medical training. The pair crossed paths more than 25 years ago, when Dr. Anderson came into Walter’s salon for a haircut. They have been friends ever since. Dr. Anderson, a gastroenterologist at Kaiser … more

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Seven Years After Being Diagnosed With Colon Cancer, Elsie Garcia is in Full Remission and Thriving

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 12. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sixty seven-year-old Elsie Garcia has always taken cancer prevention seriously. Each year when Kaiser Permanente mailed her an at-home colon cancer screening test, she completed it immediately and looked forward to clear results. In 2007, Elsie’s results came back positive. The at-home screening, called a fecal immunochemical test (FIT), uses a stool sample to detect a wide array of colon … more

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Joanne Schottinger,MD Discusses Colon Cancer Prevention

Posted by in Excellent Care, Get To Know Us, Prevention on 12. Mar, 2014 | 2 Comments

Colon cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer … more

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Southern California Flu Coordinators: Keeping Members Safe

Posted by in Excellent Care, Get To Know Us, Prevention on 12. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

The importance of the flu vaccine cannot be underestimated, and preparing for flu season is a year-round job for Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California flu coordinators. Being a flu coordinator is a big job, but each year these staff members take on additional responsibilities to keep Kaiser Permanente members safe from the influenza virus. In addition to their normal daytime responsibilities … more