More than 20 Years After His First Brush with Melanoma, Ron Verhoff Beats Skin Cancer a Second Time

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 11. Jul, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ron Verhoff, 71, first heard of melanoma when doctors found an irregularly shaped mole on the back of his ear in 1991. At the time, Ron’s melanoma didn’t seem to be cause for much alarm. “They cut it out, did a skin graft, and sent me out the door,” remembered Ron. “I basically forgot about it after that.” It wasn’t … more

Kaiser Permanente Helps Don Conkling Manage High Blood Pressure the Natural Way

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 20. Jun, 2018 | 1 Comment

Every man in Don Conkling’s family has struggled with high blood pressure. After more than 40 years of dealing with the condition himself, Don decided to take control of his health. Don sought the guidance of Shandra Yoshimi, MD, at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center, to get a clear picture of the steps he could take to achieve his health goals. Dr. Yoshimi outlined … more

Young Father-of-Three Changes Lifestyle after “Warning Shot” Heart Attack

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 07. Jun, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s well-known heart disease is the No. 1 health-related killer of Americans. But not so well known is that Hispanics and Latinos face even higher risks of cardiovascular diseases. That’s because they have a higher likelihood of having high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Isaac Plasencio of Broomfield, Colo. experienced this reality first-hand. One night in December 2014, he started … more

How to Identify Depression and Anxiety

Posted by in Featured on 22. May, 2018 | 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 … 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

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