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With Kaiser Permanente’s Help, Ann and Dan Dow Set Sail for New Horizons

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 28. Jul, 2014 | 0 Comments

For many years, Ann Dow dreamt of sailing the world with her husband, Dan, on deck the Morning Star, their 25-ft. Coronado wooden sailboat. In 2006, they were forced to put that dream on hold when her safety line failed and she fell 55 feet, straight down to the deck, breaking her ribs, shoulders, back, hips, and fingers. After several … more

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More than 20 Years After His First Brush with Melanoma, Ron Verhoff Beats Skin Cancer a Second Time

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 21. Jul, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ron Verhoff, 71, first heard of melanoma when doctors found an irregularly shaped mole on the back of his ear in 1991. At the time, Ron’s melanoma didn’t seem to be cause for much alarm. “They cut it out, did a skin graft, and sent me out the door,” remembered Ron. “I basically forgot about it after that.” It wasn’t … more

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Friends, Family and Kaiser Permanente Help Sandra Mendez Take Control of Her Health

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 07. Jul, 2014 | 1 Comment

In 2010, Sandra Mendez of La Mirada, California was feeling very sick and sought help from Kaiser Permanente’s La Palma Medical Office where Diane Pham, MD, found she was pre-diabetic and therefore at increased risk for heart attack and stroke. With an elevated blood sugar level, high-blood pressure and a family history of diabetes, Sandra knew her situation was serious. … more

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Kaiser Permanente Dermatologist Amy Reisenauer, MD, Explains the Risk of Melanoma

Posted by in Excellent Care, Get To Know Us, Prevention on 30. Jun, 2014 | 0 Comments

Amy Reisenauer, MD, is a dermatologist at Kaiser Permanente’s Kihei Medical Office in Hawaii. As a doctor, she sees first-hand the exploding rates of skin cancer, especially in young people. According to Dr. Reisenauer, melanoma is the third most common type of skin cancer, and it is also the most deadly. Nearly 9,000 men and women die every year from … 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 30. Jun, 2014 | 0 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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Adamma Ajufoh, RN: Going Beyond Her Role to Care for Patients

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Get To Know Us on 30. Jun, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a manager, Adamma is not expected to perform patient care, but she gladly rolls up her shirt sleeves to make sure our patients are taken care of. … more

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Chris Aragon Back to Bike Riding After Heart Attack Scare

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 23. Jun, 2014 | 0 Comments

Firefighter Chris Aragon never thought he would be the one rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. But during his annual participation in Colorado’s seven-day bicycle tour Ride the Rockies, chest pain and profuse sweating told him something was wrong. Rather than trying to ignore the pain, Chris went to the hospital immediately. The decision saved his life. Under the … more

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Kaiser Permanente Helps Len Laviolette Recover From Colon Cancer

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 19. Jun, 2014 | 0 Comments

Len Laviolette, a land surveyor from San Diego, California, was getting winded too easily at work. He went to Kaiser Permanente to get checked out. That evening, he was called back to the facility and had a colonoscopy in the early hours of the morning. Shortly after the procedure, Len learned he had colon cancer. He then met Amilcar Exume, … more

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Laurie Peterson, RN: Helping Members Travel Safely

Posted by in Excellent Care, Get To Know Us on 11. Jun, 2014 | 0 Comments

Are you getting ready to travel this summer? Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa’s Laurie Peterson, RN is on call to help members with their travel needs. Whether you’re thinking of jet-setting to an exotic island getaway or taking a trip cross-country to visit the family, Kaiser Permanente travel nurses like Laurie help educate patients about travel safety. Laurie was awarded the … more

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Hal Credits Quick-Acting Care Team for His Steady Recovery From Double-Brain Surgery

Posted by in Excellent Care on 09. Jun, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sixty-six year-old Hal Miner was perfectly healthy until he took a fall at home. His forehead and nose took the most of the blow, and the impact caused him to bleed profusely. When the bleeding resided, Hal decided that a doctor’s visit was not necessary. One month later, Hal began to suffer from chronic headaches so painful that he was … more