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Young Mom Talks About Raising Kids and Fighting Cancer

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 27. Feb, 2015 | 1 Comment

Colon health can be a hard subject to talk about, especially when we feel embarrassed about our symptoms. But seeking help at the first signs of a health issue can save lives. For months, psychologist Kay Gorsuch had been dealing with what she assumed were hemorrhoids when she made an appointment with her primary care doctor at Kaiser Permanente. The … more

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Seeking Help at the First Signs of Heart Attack Leads June Auld to a Quick Recovery

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 23. Feb, 2015 | 0 Comments

San Rafael native June Auld leads a very full life with her husband, Glenn. Aside from her day job as a mental health professional, June and Glenn can be found cooking for the homeless, providing foster care to guide dogs, or taking walks around their neighborhood. It was during one of those full days that June began experiencing extreme discomfort … more

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Kaiser Permanente Care Team Saves Maureen Nass From a Near-Fatal Heart Condition

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 17. Feb, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sixty-six year-old Maureen Nass was unaware of her heart condition until a bout of dizziness landed her in the cardiac care unit of Kaiser Permanente. The last thing that Maureen remembers is getting dressed in her home. But when she woke up, her Kaiser Permanente care team had inserted a stent into one of her arteries. “I couldn’t have gotten … more

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Kaiser Permanente Member’s Heart Attack Sheds Light on Lesser-Known Symptoms

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 02. Feb, 2015 | 3 Comments

Forty-one year-old Michelle Melvin was celebrating Mother’s Day with her family when pain shot through her jaw and up into her temples. Then her arms went numb. At first, Michelle ignored the sensation and proceeded to fill her children’s plates with food. It wasn’t until the pain and numbness returned multiple times that she told her husband that something was … more

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Sonny Espinoza Adopts Healthy Habits to Keep Prediabetes At Bay

Posted by in Featured, Prevention on 26. Jan, 2015 | 0 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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Kaiser Permanente Nurse Decides to Get Healthy, Beats Diabetes

Posted by in Featured, Prevention on 19. Jan, 2015 | 7 Comments

After a lifetime of struggling with her weight, Kaiser Permanente employee and member Ravida Benjamin, RN, made the decision to get healthy. Ravida was diabetic and insulin dependent for most of her life. “I didn’t want to take shots anymore,” said Ravida. “I thought, ‘For my family, I’d like to get healthy.’” As a nurse, Ravida witnessed first-hand the complications … more

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Albert and Adriana Hernandez Reach Weight Loss Goals by Supporting Each Other

Posted by in Compassion, Featured, Prevention on 12. Jan, 2015 | 7 Comments

When Albert Hernandez made a bet with a co-worker to lose his extra weight, his wife, Adriana Hernandez, joined him. “We [used to] get a pizza and to not leave any leftovers, I would just finish the whole thing,” Albert said. “She would just try to keep up with me.  It was just overeating.” Albert and Adriana supported each other … more

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Darin Miller Takes Control of His Health

Posted by in Compassion, Featured on 05. Jan, 2015 | 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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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 22. Dec, 2014 | 0 Comments

Geborah Golberger, 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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Getting Healthy Helped LaKeitha Strozier Be A Present Parent

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Featured, Prevention, Uncategorized on 15. Dec, 2014 | 4 Comments

LaKeitha Strozier was constantly fatigued and in pain — either with a migraine or a backache or pelvic pain. But the 35-year old mother of five never took the time to take care of herself because her priorities lied with taking care of her children. And since LaKeitha didn’t have health coverage, there was little she could do. LaKeitha recently … more