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Thor Kamakaala Is Back to Kitesurfing After Shoulder Surgery

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 23. Aug, 2016 | 0 Comments

Thor Kamakaala leads an active life. He runs adventure tours for a living, and kitesurfs and paraglides in his free time. “Thor is an extreme athlete,” said orthopedic surgeon David Vasconcellos, MD. “All the things he’s done have taken a toll on his shoulder.” With an injured shoulder, Thor couldn’t do the things that he loved. “After my injury, it … 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

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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

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Against Genetic Odds, A New Heart Allows Kelli Tye to Thrive

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 07. Dec, 2015 | 0 Comments

Kelli was born with a genetic heart disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Nearly every member of her family has it: her grandmother, her mother, her aunt, four out of five of her siblings, both her kids and her three-year old grandson. Kelli required medication and cardiac care from a young age. She was diagnosed as a teenager and her first … more

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Kaiser Permanente’s Online Portal Keeps Susan Benz Connected To Her Care Team

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care on 07. Dec, 2015 | 0 Comments

Susan Benz loves the convenience of communicating with her doctor, Leah Klinger, MD of Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center, from her home computer. With My Health Manager, available to Kaiser Permanente members on kp.org, Susan is able to get her health questions answered without having to make an appointment or play phone tag with the doctor’s office. She remarks, “My … more

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Cosmetologist Waneta Timmerman Receives Healthcare and a New Hip at Kaiser Permanente

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care on 07. Dec, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sixty-five year-old Waneta Timmerman never had health insurance, that is until she joined Kaiser Permanente through Colorado’s health insurance exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. Waneta had been concerned about the affordability of health care and also got the impression that no one wanted to accept a new member who was in their 60s. As soon as she became a Kaiser Permanente member, … more

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Terry McMaster Fought Back Against Type 2 Diabetes

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Uncategorized on 16. Nov, 2015 | 11 Comments

It started out as an ordinary doctor’s appointment. Terry McMaster visited a Kaiser Permanente physician in preparation for the birth of his grandson. But after Deb Friesen, MD, met with him and administered tests, he soon learned he had type 2 diabetes. Terry admits that he didn’t pay attention to his new diagnosis. “After she told me, I kind of … more

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Stephenie Griggs Receives Support From Her Care Team Following Double Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 19. Oct, 2015 | 1 Comment

After receiving her breast cancer diagnosis, Stephenie Griggs knew she had some decisions to make. “I made the choice to get a double mastectomy because I wanted the cancer out of my body.” Following her mastectomy, Stephenie consulted with plastic surgeon Brad McDowell, MD, to learn about all her options, and ultimately decided to proceed with breast reconstruction. “I was excited to … more

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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

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Video Appointments Helped Family Through a Crisis

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 10. Sep, 2015 | 0 Comments

It was an unfortunate accident that turned the Fegraus family’s life upside-down. Over breakfast one morning, nine-month old Emma accidentally pulled a cup full of scalding hot tea onto her chest and lap. “I was terrified,” said her mother, Laura. Emma was rushed to the emergency room at Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center, where, thankfully, her injuries were deemed … more