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

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 24. Jul, 2017 | 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

Just Keep Swimming: Member Loses 100 Pounds With Support From Diabetes Health Coach and Kaiser Permanente Research

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 11. Jul, 2017 | 0 Comments

When Debbie Levinson wound up in urgent care with a painful infected boil, she was told that it would not heal unless she got her blood sugar level under control. She was referred to a Kaiser Permanente health coach, Paula Winch, who called to check in with Debbie every week for six months. At first, Debbie wasn’t ready to make … more

A Preventative Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Saves Ray Territ’s Life

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 19. Jun, 2017 | 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

Hawaiian woman and baby outside of Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Clinic

Kaiser Permanente Maternity Care Made Nicole Okamura Feel Pampered

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Featured on 22. May, 2017 | 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

Organ Donation: A Q&A With Juan Alvergue, MD

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 24. Apr, 2017 | 2 Comments

Organ donation is the process of giving an organ or part of an organ for the purpose of transplantation into another person.* While some view organ donation as a controversial process, a single organ donor can save up to eight lives, and enhance the lives of up to 100 more. The Care Stories team sat down with Juan Alvergue, MD, … more

A Generous Donor Gives Bob Maggiore a New Heart – and a New Life

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 10. Apr, 2017 | 2 Comments

Golf had always been a favorite pastime for Bob Maggiore. And it was following a casual round on the links with friends when – without any warning – his life changed forever. “Right after I finished, I was in the locker room cleaning up and suddenly had cold sweats, nausea…I knew something was wrong.” He had the presence of mind … more

A Kaiser Permanente Doctor and Long-Time Friend Helps Walter Roussell Overcome Colon Cancer

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 27. Mar, 2017 | 4 Comments

After serving in the military, Walter Roussell pursued a career as a hairdresser. Daniel “Stony” Anderson, MD, followed his own time in the military by completing his medical training. The pair crossed paths more than 25 years ago, when Dr. Anderson came into Walter’s salon for a haircut. They have been friends ever since. Dr. Anderson, a gastroenterologist at Kaiser … more

Seven Years After Being Diagnosed With Colon Cancer, Elsie Garcia is in Full Remission and Thriving

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 13. Mar, 2017 | 10 Comments

Sixty seven-year-old Elsie Garcia has always taken cancer prevention seriously. Each year when Kaiser Permanente mailed her an at-home colon cancer screening test, she completed it immediately and looked forward to clear results. In 2007, Elsie’s results came back positive. The at-home screening, called a fecal immunochemical test (FIT), uses a stool sample to detect a wide array of colon … more

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

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 27. Feb, 2017 | 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

Against Genetic Odds, A New Heart Allows Kelli Tye to Thrive

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 13. Feb, 2017 | 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