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 13. Mar, 2017 | 10 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

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

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 27. Feb, 2017 | 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

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

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 13. Feb, 2017 | 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

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

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 30. Jan, 2017 | 2 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

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

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 19. Dec, 2016 | 3 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

Kaiser Permanente Member Cured After Five-Year Battle With Headaches

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 22. Nov, 2016 | 2 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

Kaiser Permanente Member Seeks Help From Therapist to Leave Abusive Relationship

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 25. Oct, 2016 | 4 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

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

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