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Coordinated Care Helped Ricardo Martinez Manage Depression and Anxiety

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 09. May, 2016 | 0 Comments

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

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Kaiser Permanente’s Focus on Prevention Helped Detect Geborah Goldberger’s Early Stage Breast Cancer

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 05. Oct, 2015 | 0 Comments

Geborah Goldberger, PhD, is family therapist, a mom of 10 and a Medicare member at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. And thanks to Kaiser Permanente’s persistence and its focus on prevention through regular screenings, Geborah is a breast cancer survivor. In the process of signing up for Kaiser Permanente, Geborah was asked to complete a series of screenings, and she … more

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Video Appointments Helped Family Through a Crisis

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 10. Sep, 2015 | 0 Comments

It was an unfortunate accident that turned the Fegraus family’s life upside-down. Over breakfast one morning, nine-month old Emma accidentally pulled a cup full of scalding hot tea onto her chest and lap. “I was terrified,” said her mother, Laura. Emma was rushed to the emergency room at Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center, where, thankfully, her injuries were deemed … more

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Back to School Healthy School Lunch Tips

Posted by in Featured on 17. Aug, 2015 | 2 Comments

In order to be fully equipped for long days at school, kids need to eat food that’s nutritious and will keep their energy levels up. It may seem overwhelming to be able to pack a balanced lunch, so dietitian Ricia Taylor, RD, of Kaiser Permanente Georgia shares her tips with us. There are many delicious food options that will provide … more

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Owen Ostergard, Self-Taught Swimmer With Down Syndrome, Wins Gold Medals at Special Olympics Competitions

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 22. Jul, 2015 | 10 Comments

When he was nine years old, Owen Ostergard surprised his parents when he jumped into his neighbor’s pool and began to do the butterfly stroke. “I can swim like Michael Phelps!” he assured them. He had been obsessively studying Michael Phelps’ races during the 2012 Summer Olympics. “We [recorded the races], and he watched it backwards in slow motion, and … more