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Sofia Douglass’s Parents Learn How to Manage her Asthma

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 25. Aug, 2014 | 0 Comments

In 2010 Mike and Joy Douglass rushed their daughter Sofia to the hospital when the five year old gasped for breath and her lips turned blue. The couple didn’t know what was happening. An allergist at Kaiser Permanente Colorado diagnosed Sofia with asthma. Cynthia Lamb, RN, AE-C, asthma care coordinator, helped to educate the family about the condition. “The situation … more

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Kaiser Permanente Helps Marcy Pires Stay Connected to Her Premature Baby

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 18. Aug, 2014 | 3 Comments

NI When Kaiser Permanente employee Marcy Pires of Corona, California was not quite 23 weeks pregnant, her obstetrician had to induce labor. Marcy delivered her daughter, Ella, via Caesarean-section, at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center. Ella weighed just 1 lb., 5 oz. and was whisked off to neonatal intensive care. Before her baby’s premature birth, Marcy had planned to breastfeed. … 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 11. Aug, 2014 | 0 Comments

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

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 04. Aug, 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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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