Stephenie Griggs Receives Support From Her Care Team Following Double Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 19. Oct, 2015 | 1 Comment

After receiving her breast cancer diagnosis, Stephenie Griggs knew she had some decisions to make. “I made the choice to get a double mastectomy because I wanted the cancer out of my body.” Following her mastectomy, Stephenie consulted with plastic surgeon Brad McDowell, MD, to learn about all her options, and ultimately decided to proceed with breast reconstruction. “I was excited to … more

Kaiser Permanente Dermatologist Amy Reisenauer, MD, Explains the Risk of Melanoma

Posted by in Excellent Care, Prevention on 20. Jul, 2015 | 0 Comments

Amy Reisenauer, MD, is a dermatologist at Kaiser Permanente’s Kihei Medical Office in Hawaii. As a doctor, she sees first-hand the exploding rates of skin cancer, especially in young people. According to Dr. Reisenauer, melanoma is the third most common type of skin cancer, and it is also the most deadly. Nearly 9,000 men and women die every year from … 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

Thanks to Early Detection at Well Child Visit, 13-Year-Old Grace Stanford is Back on the Field After Spine Surgery

Posted by in Excellent Care, Prevention on 29. Sep, 2014 | 3 Comments

Thirteen-year-old Grace Stanford began playing softball when she was just four years old. When it came to her Kaiser Permanente Well Child appointments, Grace’s mother, Lisa, made the appointments more out of habit than out of necessity. When Grace was 10 years old, her family was shocked when her Kaiser Permanente pediatrician Brian McCreery, MD, noticed a curve in her … more

Kaiser Permanente Helps 12-Year-Old Austin Stanfill to Change His Diet and Avoid Diabetes

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 09. Sep, 2014 | 0 Comments

At age 12, Austin Stanfill was overweight when he went to see Sara Bell, MD, at Kaiser Permanente’s Orchards Medical Office in Vancouver, Wash. to be treated for pneumonia. During a conversation about Austin’s family history, Dr. Bell learned that Austin’s mother had been diagnosed with pre-diabetes while she was pregnant with Austin. Suspecting Austin might suffer from pre-diabetes as … more

Matthew Daley, MD, Explains Childhood Vaccinations

Posted by in Get To Know Us, Prevention on 07. Aug, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a parent, there is nothing we feel so strongly as the need to keep our children safe; not knowing how to best do that can be challenging. On the topic of childhood vaccinations, there are countless articles to be found on the Web – and for every recommendation for a certain vaccine, there also seems to be a warning. … more

Joanne Schottinger, MD, Discusses Colon Cancer Prevention

Posted by in Excellent Care, Get To Know Us, Prevention on 12. Mar, 2014 | 2 Comments

Colon cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer … more

Southern California Flu Coordinators: Keeping Members Safe

Posted by in Excellent Care, Get To Know Us, Prevention on 12. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

The importance of the flu vaccine cannot be underestimated, and preparing for flu season is a year-round job for Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California flu coordinators. Being a flu coordinator is a big job, but each year these staff members take on additional responsibilities to keep Kaiser Permanente members safe from the influenza virus. In addition to their normal daytime responsibilities … more