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 15. Aug, 2018 | 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

Stephanie Stuckert: Doing the Right Thing for My Daughter

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care on 08. May, 2018 | 1 Comment

Like most first-time parents, Brent and Stephanie Stuckert waited excitedly yet nervously for the birth of their first child, Olivia. Everything became very tense, however, when Stephanie Stuckert went in for a final test – and soon ended up in an ambulance on their way to bringing Olivia very urgently into the world. Brent and Stephanie credit their Kaiser Permanente care team … more

New Beginnings for Baltimore

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Healthy Chats, Prevention on 04. Apr, 2018 | 0 Comments

Sherell Mason, MD, is keenly aware of the health disparities that exist in her hometown of Baltimore. As a physician, she has had the opportunity to provide direct health care services and other aid to people in her community. Kaiser Permanente’s partnership with New Beginnings Barbershop is one example. “You have major health issues here [in Baltimore],” said Troy Staton, … more

Problem-Solving Optician Finds Glasses for Three-Month Old Kara Roman

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 22. Mar, 2018 | 3 Comments

No parent is prepared to find out that a new baby will have special needs from birth. But when Liliana and Zack Roman’s second daughter, Kara, was born with Stickler’s Syndrome, they found the support they needed with their Kaiser Permanente care team. Stickler’s Syndrome, a rare genetic condition, affects the eyes, nose, joints, and hearing. At just under three … more

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

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 21. Feb, 2018 | 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

Anna Trujillo is Grateful for Kaiser Permanente’s Palliative Care Services

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 09. Feb, 2018 | 2 Comments

Three years ago, Kaiser Permanente Colorado member Anna Trujillo was given six months to live. That’s when Anna met Arvin Gill, MD, a home-based palliative care physician. “I met her when she was coming out of the hospital and she was very ill,” Dr. Gill recalls. “Her lung specialist didn’t think she had much time.” Dr. Gill recommended palliative care … more

Josie Clayton Continues Healthy Living Practices She Learned from Kaiser Permanente’s ‘High Five to Health’ Program for Teens

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 06. Dec, 2017 | 3 Comments

At the age of 15, Josie Clayton’s doctor told her she was at an unhealthy weight and pre-diabetic. She was enrolled in Kaiser Permanente’s High Five to Health, a pediatric healthy lifestyle program that taught her the basics of healthy eating and the importance of being active. Now 19 years old and 60 lbs. lighter, Josie has taken her healthy … more

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

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