Coordinated Care Helped Ricardo Martinez Manage Depression and Anxiety

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 16. Nov, 2017 | 1 Comment

Ricardo Martinez has a favorite quote from Mark Twain: “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.” Ricardo loves to fly fish, so he knew he had a serious problem when even his favorite hobby didn’t inspire him to get out of bed. “There is no feeling … more

How to Identify Depression and Anxiety

Posted by in Featured on 30. Oct, 2017 | 0 Comments

It can be challenging to identify when someone is mildly to moderately depressed. James Randall Parks, MD, chief of psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, advises that there are a few signs to watch out for, including prolonged irritability, sleeping troubles and unusual body upsets, such as stomachaches. And, unless severe, anxiety also often has subtle manifestations. … more

Pediatric Patients with Diabetes Receive Care All in One Place

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Featured on 17. Oct, 2017 | 0 Comments

When he was just two years old, Calvin Jackson was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. As they continue to learn about and manage his condition, Calvin’s mom, Allison is relieved and grateful that they can receive comprehensive and coordinated care for her son at the Pediatric Diabetes Multidisciplinary Clinic in Hawaii. The clinic brings in patients and their families to … more

“I Can Shoot, I Can Dribble, I Can Do Anything.” Ten-Year Old Back In the Game After Leg Amputation

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 25. Sep, 2017 | 0 Comments

When Christopher Formaker was 8 years old, his mom Susan noticed an unusual swelling in his leg. Always active, Christopher was never one to complain, but Susan knew something wasn’t right. The next day, Christopher’s father, Jesse, brought him to Kaiser Permanente. Right away, his doctors ordered tests and then confirmed that Christopher had osteosarcoma in his leg bone, a … more

“Time Is Everything”: 27-Year-Old Makes Full Recovery From Stroke, Thanks to Quick Action by Doctors

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 03. Aug, 2017 | 0 Comments

Like many people his age, Robert Taunton enjoys an active lifestyle. When the 27-year-old is not working as a project manager for a general contractor, he enjoys dirt biking, Jet Skiing and tinkering with cars at his El Sobrante, Calif., home. But just a few months ago, he survived a stroke. He remembers being at work that day and not … more

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 | 4 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 | 1 Comment

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

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