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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 | 0 Comments

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 “He was super withdrawn and very anxious and very scared.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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Kaiser Permanente Maternity Care Made Nicole Okamura Feel Pampered

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Featured on 31. Aug, 2016 | 0 Comments

Nicole Okamura discovered she was pregnant shortly after becoming a Kaiser Permanente member. Nicole appreciates the ease and convenience of being able to access Kaiser Permanente — including scheduling appointments, contacting her physician, ordering prescriptions and reviewing test results — online or on her smartphone. And when she does go in for an appointment, she likes that it is a … 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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Crossing the Finish Line: Bernard Llave’s Fight Against Leukemia

Posted by in Featured, Uncategorized on 15. Apr, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bernard Llave led an extremely active life – from running marathons to doing CrossFit and participating in obstacle races, he was the ultimate weekend warrior. “It wasn’t just a casual thing. It was a lifestyle,” notes Bernard’s girlfriend, Dee Christman. “So when he started to slow down, it became very apparent very quickly.” Bernard began to feel extreme fatigue around … more

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Child Development Specialist Supported Jenny Thamer By Phone Through Her Daughter’s First Years

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Featured on 27. Jan, 2016 | 1 Comment

First time mom Jenny Thamer had no idea motherhood would be so difficult. “Your life changes in so many ways,” Jenny reflects. “You learn that you have this incredible capacity for love. And you want to do the right thing for your baby, but you don’t always have the right tools.” In Jenny’s case, little baby Lauren just wouldn’t sleep. … 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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Sonny Espinoza Adopts Healthy Habits to Keep Prediabetes At Bay

Posted by in Featured, Prevention on 02. Nov, 2015 | 3 Comments

Lorenzo “Sonny” Espinoza wasn’t surprised to find out he was prediabetic; diabetes runs in both sides of his family, and he wasn’t exactly living a healthy lifestyle. Before he retired, Sonny was working as a transmission specialist for a telecommunications company. He worked many early mornings and late nights and drove about 30 miles each way to work, relying daily … more

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Stephenie Griggs Receives Support From Her Care Team Following Double Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 19. Oct, 2015 | 1 Comment

After receiving her breast cancer diagnosis, Stephenie Griggs knew she had some decisions to make. “I made the choice to get a double mastectomy because I wanted the cancer out of my body.” Following her mastectomy, Stephenie consulted with plastic surgeon Brad McDowell, MD, to learn about all her options, and ultimately decided to proceed with breast reconstruction. “I was excited to … more