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Mattie Shaw is Grateful for Physician’s Reminder to Undergo Colon Cancer Screening

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 21. Apr, 2014 | 2 Comments

Before she embarked on a new exercise program, Mattie Shaw of Long Beach, California wanted to ensure she was in good health. Vanessa Gavin-Headen, MD, a family medicine physician at Kaiser Permanente Long Beach Medical Offices, had ordered a colonoscopy for Mattie when she turned 50 but her patient hadn’t followed up. “It’s important for everyone to have at least … more

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Kaiser Permanente Team Paved the Way for Warren Head’s Lung Transplant

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 07. Apr, 2014 | 0 Comments

When longtime runner Warren Head couldn’t jog a quarter of a mile without being seriously winded, he knew he had a problem. In 1990, Head was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a disease in which inflammation occurs in the lymph nodes, lungs, liver, eyes, skin or other tissues. Head’s sarcoidosis affected his lungs and liver. By 2003 his physician, Reginald Mason, MD, … more

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Susan Mahler Goes From Heart Failure to Success Thanks to Kaiser Permanente

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 31. Mar, 2014 | 4 Comments

Susan Mahler of San Diego, California, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2000, and thanks to medication and the care she received at Kaiser Permanente, she fared well until 2003 when breathing became difficult. Doctors at Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center replaced some of the former elementary school principal’s heart valves, but during the surgery, they discovered that … more

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Young Mom Talks About Raising Kids and Fighting Cancer

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 24. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

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

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 17. Mar, 2014 | 0 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

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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 12. Mar, 2014 | 0 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

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Home Screening Test Saves Al Prado’s Life

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 10. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

Colorado native Al Prado admits he has a stubborn side. But during a routine physical, his Kaiser Permanente physician Sue Williams, MD, convinced him to mail in his at-home Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) to screen for colon cancer. Al kept his commitment—and just in time. When the FIT results came back positive, Al agreed to a follow-up colonoscopy. During the … 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 05. Mar, 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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Kaiser Permanente Helps Don Conkling Manage High Blood Pressure the Natural Way

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 24. Feb, 2014 | 0 Comments

Every man in Don Conkling’s family has struggled with high blood pressure. After more than 40 years of dealing with the condition himself, Don decided to take control of his health. Don sought the guidance of Shandra Yoshimi, MD, at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center, to get a clear picture of the steps he could take to achieve his health goals. Dr. Yoshimi outlined … 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, 2014 | 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 stint into one of her arteries. “I couldn’t have gotten … more