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Sonny Espinoza Adopts Healthy Habits to Keep Prediabetes At Bay

Posted by in Featured, Prevention on 02. Nov, 2015 | 2 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


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 13. Jul, 2015 | 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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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 06. Jul, 2015 | 3 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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A Preventative Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Saves Ray Territ’s Life

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 22. Jun, 2015 | 3 Comments

Ray Territ was playing golf when his feet started feeling abnormally heavy. When the feeling didn’t pass and leg pain set in, Ray went to see Kaiser Permanente Family Physician Lisa Tran, MD. When Dr. Tran opened Ray’s file on Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, an online tool that Kaiser Permanente physicians use to access updated patient files and health histories, she … more

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

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 01. Jun, 2015 | 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