Justine and Mike Miller: Steady Together Despite Bumps in Road

Posted by in Excellent Care, Uncategorized on 23. Oct, 2014 | 0 Comments

Married for nearly 50 years, Justine and Mike Miller have supported each other through many bumps in the road. Justine, who recently battled breast cancer, says she’s surviving to care for her husband, who has Parkinson’s disease. “I have to be strong to be able to give him his care — he deserves it.” As Mike’s tremors began to affect his quality … more

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Sandra Watts Grateful That Fast-Acting Emergency Team Saved Her Life

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

Sandra Watts was feeling unwell at a friend’s house when she decided to take a cab to Kaiser Permanente San Francisco to find out what was wrong with her. She lost consciousness on the way there. The cab driver drove her up the ramp to the emergency department and called for help, and Ingrid Lim, MD, and her team were … more

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After Successful Treatment for Breast Cancer, Kaiser Permanente Helps Kathleen Tebb Resume Her Rock-Climbing Hobby

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 20. Oct, 2014 | 4 Comments

Heidi Olander, MD, at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center, could have assumed the lump on Kathleen Tebb’s chest was a clogged milk duct, since the 39-year-old mother of two was weaning her youngest child. Instead, Dr. Olander sent Kathleen, a rock-climbing enthusiast and health psychologist at University of California San Francisco, to Joyce Chou, MD, for further investigation. Two … 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 13. Oct, 2014 | 0 Comments

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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Early Detection of Breast Cancer Saves Rev. Sharon Brandon’s Life

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 06. Oct, 2014 | 0 Comments

A long family history of breast cancer has always motivated music teacher and Reverend Sharon Brandon to stay on top of her annual mammograms. After years of clear results, Sharon decided to skip her 2011 mammogram. The following year, Sharon got back on track with her mammogram. This time, she was surprised to learn that she had breast cancer.  “I never … more

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Post-Treatment Support Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Return to Normal Life

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Get To Know Us on 06. Oct, 2014 | 1 Comment

For many women, ending breast cancer treatment and beginning life as a survivor is challenging. Longtime surgeon Ernie Bodai, MD, F.A.C.S. is the director of the Breast Cancer Survivorship Institute with Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento. He has a very important message for breast cancer survivors: “They can return to a normal life.” For most women, life after breast cancer can … more

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Breast Cancer Survivor Cynthia Sewell Uses Her Second Chance to Get Healthy

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 29. Sep, 2014 | 0 Comments

A strange pain in her breast prompted Kaiser Permanente member and employee Cynthia Sewell to make an appointment with her physician. Cynthia never thought the pain would be serious. But a closer look revealed a diagnosis of ductal adenocarcinoma—breast cancer. Cynthia will never forget her husband’s reaction. “Am I going to lose my wife?” he had asked. Kaiser Permanente South … more

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High-Tech Brain Surgery Restores Darcy Blake’s Quality of Life

Posted by in Excellent Care on 29. Sep, 2014 | 3 Comments

It started as a small tremor in her left little finger, but Darcy Blake knew what it was. “A horrible hand-me-down,” she said, referring to Parkinson’s, a disease that runs in Darcy’s family and one she knows all too well. Within three years of her diagnosis, Darcy was no longer able to hide her tremors, and the symptoms began impeding … more

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Thanks to Early Detection at Well Child Visit, 13-Year-Old Grace Stanford is Back on the Field After Spine Surgery

Posted by in Excellent Care, Prevention on 29. Sep, 2014 | 1 Comment

Thirteen-year-old Grace Stanford began playing softball when she was just four years old. When it came to her Kaiser Permanente Well Child appointments, Grace’s mother, Lisa, made the appointments more out of habit than out of necessity. When Grace was 10 years old, her family was shocked when her Kaiser Permanente pediatrician Brian McCreery, MD, noticed a curve in her … more

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Problem-Solving Optician Finds Glasses for Three-Month Old Kara Roman

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 15. Sep, 2014 | 2 Comments

No parent is prepared to find out that a new baby will have special needs from birth. But when Liliana and Zack Roman’s second daughter, Kara, was born with Stickler’s Syndrome, they found the support they needed with their Kaiser Permanente care team. Stickler’s Syndrome, a rare genetic condition, affects the eyes, nose, joints, and hearing. At just under three … more