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Kaiser Permanente Helps Marcy Pires Stay Connected to Her Premature Baby

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 24. Aug, 2015 | 5 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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Back to School Healthy School Lunch Tips

Posted by in Featured on 17. Aug, 2015 | 0 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

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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 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 Kaiser Permanente Care Team Saves a Teacher’s Voice

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 29. Jun, 2015 | 0 Comments

Warren Keppler was 58 years old when he woke up with a bump the size of a plum on his neck. Startled, Warren immediately scheduled an appointment with his Kaiser Permanente physician. It wasn’t long before tests revealed Stage 4 throat cancer at the base of Warren’s tongue. For Warren, the cancer diagnosis was just as unnerving as the treatment … 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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Sonny Espinoza Adopts Healthy Habits to Keep Prediabetes At Bay

Posted by in Featured, Prevention on 15. Jun, 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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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

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Barely Six Months Into Pregnancy, an Appointment for a Stomachache Brings an Unexpected Delivery

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 04. May, 2015 | 1 Comment

When Tisha Arroyo and her husband went to the emergency room for a stomachache, they weren’t expecting to have a baby. Tisha had just hit the six-month milestone, an entire 15 weeks shy of a full-term pregnancy. Shortly after being admitted, Tisha’s care team at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center informed her that her upset stomach was not what she … more