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

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

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 04. Jan, 2018 | 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

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

“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

First-Time Mom Thankful Doctors Kept Watchful Eye During High-Risk Twin Molar Pregnancy

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care on 08. May, 2017 | 2 Comments

“We were over the moon,” Jenny Quinn gushes, recalling her reaction when she found out she was pregnant with their first child. “The pregnancy was wonderful. I loved being pregnant; I felt healthy and great.” But when Jenny was 20 weeks along, a red flag was raised during a genetic screening test. After an intricate ultrasound, OB/GYN Mariah North, MD, … 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