Susan Woodell Shares How Her Doctor Saved Her Life

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Prevention on 10. Jul, 2015 | 0 Comments

Susan Woodell remembers the exact date when she felt the abdominal pain: Labor Day weekend, 2003. When she saw a Kaiser Permanente doctor, she was told: “You’ve got a burst cyst on your right ovary. Just go home and pack your bags – we’re going to operate tonight.” The bad news kept coming. She says she was told there was … more

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

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 09. Mar, 2015 | 1 Comment

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

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

Posted by in Compassion, Featured, Prevention on 12. Jan, 2015 | 10 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

Getting Healthy Helped LaKeitha Strozier Be A Present Parent

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Featured, Prevention, Uncategorized on 15. Dec, 2014 | 5 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

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 | 1 Comment

“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

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 | 3 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

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

Matthew Daley, MD, Explains Childhood Vaccinations

Posted by in Get To Know Us, Prevention on 07. Aug, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a parent, there is nothing we feel so strongly as the need to keep our children safe; not knowing how to best do that can be challenging. On the topic of childhood vaccinations, there are countless articles to be found on the Web – and for every recommendation for a certain vaccine, there also seems to be a warning. … more

Friends, Family and Kaiser Permanente Help Sandra Mendez Take Control of Her Health

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 07. Jul, 2014 | 1 Comment

In 2010, Sandra Mendez of La Mirada, California was feeling very sick and sought help from Kaiser Permanente’s La Palma Medical Office where Diane Pham, MD, found she was pre-diabetic and therefore at increased risk for heart attack and stroke. With an elevated blood sugar level, high-blood pressure and a family history of diabetes, Sandra knew her situation was serious. … more