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Kaiser Permanente Member Cured After Five-Year Battle With Headaches

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 22. Nov, 2016 | 0 Comments

After five years of constant, excruciating head pain, 25 doctors, and multiple unsuccessful treatments to stop the ache, Becky Benson thought she was out of options. Then she joined Kaiser Permanente in Colorado and met her new pain management physician, Mike McCeney, MD. “Becky had a very complicated problem; one that I personally had never seen before,” said Dr. McCeney. … more

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Kaiser Permanente Member Seeks Help From Therapist to Leave Abusive Relationship

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 25. Oct, 2016 | 3 Comments

Lynnette Bowens Varela met her now ex-husband when she was just 15 years old. She fell in love with him quickly, and she fell hard. “I just thought he was the whole package,” she recalled. She married him at the first opportunity she could: right after high school graduation. But soon after they got married, he flipped a switch. “I … more

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Kaiser Permanente Care Team Member Helps Young Woman Newly Diagnosed With MS

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 13. Oct, 2016 | 1 Comment

Chelsea Reeverts, a newly engaged and otherwise healthy young woman, was in for a shock when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). “I had a lot of questions,” said Reeverts, a Kaiser Permanente member living in Colorado. She didn’t know much about MS, how she would overcome this new challenge in her life, or how it would affect her … more

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In Coleen d’Avignon’s Battle With Cancer, Her Care Team Became her ‘Ohana

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 06. Oct, 2016 | 0 Comments

In Coleen d’Avignon’s battle with cancer, the scariest part was the original diagnosis. “When someone actually says to you, ‘you have cancer,’ death and dying isn’t that far away,” Coleen said. But Coleen wanted to do everything she could to get and stay healthy — and her care team at Kaiser Permanente helped her move forward quickly. Patients who have … more

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When Noah Ludtke Was Diagnosed With Leukemia, His Care Team Eased His Anxiety

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 22. Sep, 2016 | 1 Comment

When 14-year-old Noah Ludtke was first diagnosed with leukemia, he was scared. “The first day that I took care of him was the day he was diagnosed,” said Michelle Yim, RN. “He was super withdrawn and very anxious and very scared. You couldn’t get a word out of his mouth.” Noah didn’t want to talk to anybody, he just wanted … more

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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