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 13. Mar, 2017 | 11 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

In-Home Test Saves Kaiser Permanente Member’s Life

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Featured, Prevention on 09. Nov, 2016 | 0 Comments

Year after year, Kathy Hall didn’t hesitate when it arrived in her mailbox. “All I had to do was open the mail and follow the directions. It’s a simple test and one that saved my life,” said Kathy. Kathy, a Kaiser Permanente member in Colorado, is referring to the fecal immunochemical test – or FIT test — a simple, in-home … more

Child Development Specialist Supported Jenny Thamer By Phone Through Her Daughter’s First Years

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Featured on 27. Jan, 2016 | 1 Comment

First time mom Jenny Thamer had no idea motherhood would be so difficult. “Your life changes in so many ways,” Jenny reflects. “You learn that you have this incredible capacity for love. And you want to do the right thing for your baby, but you don’t always have the right tools.” In Jenny’s case, little baby Lauren just wouldn’t sleep. … more

Cosmetologist Waneta Timmerman Receives Healthcare and a New Hip at Kaiser Permanente

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care on 07. Dec, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sixty-five year-old Waneta Timmerman never had health insurance, that is until she joined Kaiser Permanente through Colorado’s health insurance exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. Waneta had been concerned about the affordability of health care and also got the impression that no one wanted to accept a new member who was in their 60s. As soon as she became a Kaiser Permanente member, … more

Terry McMaster Fought Back Against Type 2 Diabetes

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Uncategorized on 16. Nov, 2015 | 11 Comments

It started out as an ordinary doctor’s appointment. Terry McMaster visited a Kaiser Permanente physician in preparation for the birth of his grandson. But after Deb Friesen, MD, met with him and administered tests, he soon learned he had type 2 diabetes. Terry admits that he didn’t pay attention to his new diagnosis. “After she told me, I kind of … more

Video Appointments Helped Family Through a Crisis

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 10. Sep, 2015 | 0 Comments

It was an unfortunate accident that turned the Fegraus family’s life upside-down. Over breakfast one morning, nine-month old Emma accidentally pulled a cup full of scalding hot tea onto her chest and lap. “I was terrified,” said her mother, Laura. Emma was rushed to the emergency room at Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center, where, thankfully, her injuries were deemed … more

Mary Wright, RN, Uses Personal Experience with Diabetes to Help Her Patients and Families

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Get To Know Us on 08. May, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mary Wright is a pediatric nurse endocrinologist whose primary commitment is to her patients; she promotes, advocates, and strives to protect their health, safety, and their rights. As an example of how Mary has gone above and beyond for her patients, she voluntarily extended her hours into the evening to accommodate her young patients’ and their families’ school and work … 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

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