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First-Time Mom Thankful Doctors Kept Watchful Eye During High-Risk Twin Molar Pregnancy

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 18. May, 2015 | 1 Comment

“We were over the moon,” Jenny Quinn gushes, recalling her reaction when she found out she was pregnant with their first child. “The pregnancy was wonderful. I loved being pregnant; I felt healthy and great.” But when Jenny was 20 weeks along, a red flag was raised during a genetic screening test. After an intricate ultrasound, OB/GYN Mariah North, MD, … more

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Barely Six Months Into Pregnancy, an Appointment for a Stomachache Brings an Unexpected Delivery

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 04. May, 2015 | 1 Comment

When Tisha Arroyo and her husband went to the emergency room for a stomachache, they weren’t expecting to have a baby. Tisha had just hit the six-month milestone, an entire 15 weeks shy of a full-term pregnancy. Shortly after being admitted, Tisha’s care team at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center informed her that her upset stomach was not what she … more

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Kaiser Permanente Team Paved the Way for Warren Head’s Lung Transplant

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

When longtime runner Warren Head couldn’t jog a quarter of a mile without being seriously winded, he knew he had a problem. In 1990, Head was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a disease in which inflammation occurs in the lymph nodes, lungs, liver, eyes, skin or other tissues. Head’s sarcoidosis affected his lungs and liver. By 2003 his physician, Reginald Mason, MD, … more

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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 | 2 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 | 3 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 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