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With Kaiser Permanente’s Help, Ann and Dan Dow Set Sail for New Horizons

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 28. Jul, 2014 | 0 Comments

For many years, Ann Dow dreamt of sailing the world with her husband, Dan, on deck the Morning Star, their 25-ft. Coronado wooden sailboat. In 2006, they were forced to put that dream on hold when her safety line failed and she fell 55 feet, straight down to the deck, breaking her ribs, shoulders, back, hips, and fingers. After several … more

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More than 20 Years After His First Brush with Melanoma, Ron Verhoff Beats Skin Cancer a Second Time

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 21. Jul, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ron Verhoff, 71, first heard of melanoma when doctors found an irregularly shaped mole on the back of his ear in 1991. At the time, Ron’s melanoma didn’t seem to be cause for much alarm. “They cut it out, did a skin graft, and sent me out the door,” remembered Ron. “I basically forgot about it after that.” It wasn’t … more

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Darin Miller Takes Control of His Health

Posted by in Compassion, Featured on 14. Jul, 2014 | 3 Comments

Sometimes, getting healthy takes a wake-up call. For Kaiser Permanente nurse Darin Miller, that moment came when he rolled over on his waterbed to pick up his newly-crawling baby daughter.  At the time Darin weighed 270 pounds, and because of his weight, a wave rippled in the waterbed, throwing his daughter across the bed and out of reach. “It broke … more

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Friends, Family and Kaiser Permanente Help Sandra Mendez Take Control of Her Health

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 07. Jul, 2014 | 1 Comment

In 2010, Sandra Mendez of La Mirada, California was feeling very sick and sought help from Kaiser Permanente’s La Palma Medical Office where Diane Pham, MD, found she was pre-diabetic and therefore at increased risk for heart attack and stroke. With an elevated blood sugar level, high-blood pressure and a family history of diabetes, Sandra knew her situation was serious. … more

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After Three Close Calls With Melanoma, Mac Knows the Value of Sun Safety and Regular Check Ups

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 30. Jun, 2014 | 0 Comments

Most of Adelbert “Mac” McIntyre’s life has been spent in the sun. Between his day job laying gas pipelines and his free time spent on the San Diego beaches, Mac found both his life’s work and his relaxation in the sunshine. All of that direct sunlight took a toll on Mac’s body, and when it came time for a routine … more

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Chris Aragon Back to Bike Riding After Heart Attack Scare

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

Firefighter Chris Aragon never thought he would be the one rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. But during his annual participation in Colorado’s seven-day bicycle tour Ride the Rockies, chest pain and profuse sweating told him something was wrong. Rather than trying to ignore the pain, Chris went to the hospital immediately. The decision saved his life. Under the … more

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Kaiser Permanente Helps Len Laviolette Recover From Colon Cancer

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 19. Jun, 2014 | 0 Comments

Len Laviolette, a land surveyor from San Diego, California, was getting winded too easily at work. He went to Kaiser Permanente to get checked out. That evening, he was called back to the facility and had a colonoscopy in the early hours of the morning. Shortly after the procedure, Len learned he had colon cancer. He then met Amilcar Exume, … more

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A Kaiser Permanente Care Team Saves a Teacher’s Voice

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 02. Jun, 2014 | 0 Comments

Warren Keppler was 58 years old when he woke up with a bump the size of a plum on his neck. Startled, Warren immediately scheduled an appointment with his Kaiser Permanente physician. It wasn’t long before tests revealed Stage 4 throat cancer at the base of Warren’s tongue. For Warren, the cancer diagnosis was just as unnerving as the treatment … more

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Valerie Silva and Her Mom Are Grateful to Kaiser Permanente for Relief From Chronic Headaches

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 26. May, 2014 | 0 Comments

To say high school senior Valerie Silva juggled a busy schedule would be an understatement. Between volleyball practice, school, work, and homework, she was running on empty and relied heavily on caffeinated drinks to get her through her long days. Valerie soon began experiencing debilitating headaches that wouldn’t go away. They disrupted her sleep, forced her to miss volleyball practice, … more

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Veronica Credits Quick-Thinking Care Team For Her Full Stroke Recovery

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 19. May, 2014 | 0 Comments

Veronica Aguilar, 38, was perfectly healthy when her husband, Valentin, noticed her fidgeting and kicking in bed one morning. When he asked Veronica if she was okay, she responded yes. She tried to get up out of bed and fell flat on the floor. Valentin rushed over and picked her up and noticed that the left side of her face … more