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

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 23. Mar, 2015 | 1 Comment

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 16. Mar, 2015 | 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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At-Home Screening Test Allowed Sherry Jansma’s Doctors to Find Colon Cancer Before it Spread

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 09. Mar, 2015 | 1 Comment

At first, San Diego native Sherry Jansma paid no mind to the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) that Kaiser Permanente mailed to her house to screen for colon cancer. After all, her previous screening tests had come back clear, and she had no family history of cancer. After a few days, Sherry reminded herself that Kaiser Permanente recommends adults age 50 … more

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

Posted by in Excellent Care, Prevention on 04. Mar, 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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Young Mom Talks About Raising Kids and Fighting Cancer

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

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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Seeking Help at the First Signs of Heart Attack Leads June Auld to a Quick Recovery

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 23. Feb, 2015 | 0 Comments

San Rafael native June Auld leads a very full life with her husband, Glenn. Aside from her day job as a mental health professional, June and Glenn can be found cooking for the homeless, providing foster care to guide dogs, or taking walks around their neighborhood. It was during one of those full days that June began experiencing extreme discomfort … more

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Kaiser Permanente Care Team Saves Maureen Nass From a Near-Fatal Heart Condition

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 17. Feb, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sixty-six year-old Maureen Nass was unaware of her heart condition until a bout of dizziness landed her in the cardiac care unit of Kaiser Permanente. The last thing that Maureen remembers is getting dressed in her home. But when she woke up, her Kaiser Permanente care team had inserted a stent into one of her arteries. “I couldn’t have gotten … more

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Kaiser Permanente Member’s Heart Attack Sheds Light on Lesser-Known Symptoms

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 02. Feb, 2015 | 3 Comments

Forty-one year-old Michelle Melvin was celebrating Mother’s Day with her family when pain shot through her jaw and up into her temples. Then her arms went numb. At first, Michelle ignored the sensation and proceeded to fill her children’s plates with food. It wasn’t until the pain and numbness returned multiple times that she told her husband that something was … more