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

Home Screening Test Saves Al Prado’s Life

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 06. Mar, 2018 | 0 Comments

 Colorado native Al Prado admits he has a stubborn side. But during a routine physical, his Kaiser Permanente physician Sue Williams, MD, convinced him to mail in his at-home Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) to screen for colon cancer. Al kept his commitment—and just in time. When the FIT results came back positive, Al agreed to a follow-up colonoscopy. During … 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

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

Sonny Espinoza Adopts Healthy Habits to Keep Prediabetes At Bay

Posted by in Featured, Prevention on 20. Dec, 2017 | 3 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

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

How to Identify Depression and Anxiety

Posted by in Featured on 30. Oct, 2017 | 0 Comments

It can be challenging to identify when someone is mildly to moderately depressed. James Randall Parks, MD, chief of psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, advises that there are a few signs to watch out for, including prolonged irritability, sleeping troubles and unusual body upsets, such as stomachaches. And, unless severe, anxiety also often has subtle manifestations. … 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