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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 | 5 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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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

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Kaiser Permanente Helped Diana Parret Navigate Health Care Enrollment, Cancer Diagnosis and Surgery in One Month

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 17. Nov, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Every day I knew when I got up, I knew I had a problem but I didn’t know what to do.” In December 2013, Diana Parret, 59, had began experiencing some concerning symptoms. But her hands were tied; she had just been notified that she was losing her job, and therefore, her health insurance. She had heard about Covered California in … more

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Stephenie Griggs Receives Support From Her Care Team Following Double Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 13. Oct, 2014 | 0 Comments

After receiving her breast cancer diagnosis, Stephenie Griggs knew she had some decisions to make. “I made the choice to get a double mastectomy because I wanted the cancer out of my body.” Following her mastectomy, Stephenie consulted with plastic surgeon Brad McDowell, MD, to learn about all her options, and ultimately decided to proceed with breast reconstruction. “I was excited to … more

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Breast Cancer Survivor Cynthia Sewell Uses Her Second Chance to Get Healthy

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 29. Sep, 2014 | 0 Comments

A strange pain in her breast prompted Kaiser Permanente member and employee Cynthia Sewell to make an appointment with her physician. Cynthia never thought the pain would be serious. But a closer look revealed a diagnosis of ductal adenocarcinoma—breast cancer. Cynthia will never forget her husband’s reaction. “Am I going to lose my wife?” he had asked. Kaiser Permanente South … more

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Thanks to Early Detection at Well Child Visit, 13-Year-Old Grace Stanford is Back on the Field After Spine Surgery

Posted by in Excellent Care, Prevention on 29. Sep, 2014 | 2 Comments

Thirteen-year-old Grace Stanford began playing softball when she was just four years old. When it came to her Kaiser Permanente Well Child appointments, Grace’s mother, Lisa, made the appointments more out of habit than out of necessity. When Grace was 10 years old, her family was shocked when her Kaiser Permanente pediatrician Brian McCreery, MD, noticed a curve in her … more

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Kaiser Permanente Helps 12-Year-Old Austin Stanfill to Change His Diet and Avoid Diabetes

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 09. Sep, 2014 | 0 Comments

At age 12, Austin Stanfill was overweight when he went to see Sara Bell, MD, at Kaiser Permanente’s Orchards Medical Office in Vancouver, Wash. to be treated for pneumonia. During a conversation about Austin’s family history, Dr. Bell learned that Austin’s mother had been diagnosed with pre-diabetes while she was pregnant with Austin. Suspecting Austin might suffer from pre-diabetes as … more