Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center Receives Women’s Choice Award for Cancer Care

HONOLULU — For the second consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care by the Women’s Choice Award®. This evidence-based designation places Moanalua Medical Center in the top 9 percent of 4,797 U.S. hospitals offering cancer care services.

The America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care award is based on criteria such as the comprehensiveness of diagnostic and treatment services offered, low rates of infection compared to the national average, national accreditations, and female patient satisfaction and preference ratings on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey.

Kaiser Permanente’s multidisciplinary, team-based approach focuses on all stages of cancer care, from prevention through treatment. The organization holds an annual Cancer Screening and Prevention Fair where medical specialists and counselors provide screening and lifestyle education to hundreds of attendees. Kaiser Permanente also recognizes that women have specialized health care needs. Moanalua Medical Center’s cancer care services include a breast care clinic, which provides cancer patients with a coordinated team made up of oncologists, geneticists, radiologists, surgeons and support staff who provide comprehensive care under one roof.

“Every year, thousands of people in Hawaii receive a cancer diagnosis,” said Jennifer Carney, MD, chief of oncology and hematology at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Getting that news is never easy. We strive to provide coordinated care that takes into account our patients’ total picture of health so we can deliver safer, more effective care that is also more convenient for our members. We’re grateful to be able to make a difference in the lives of our many members, who survive cancer every year.”

In 2016, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii was ranked first in the state on breast and colorectal cancer screenings by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a national quality assurance organization. In 2017, Moanalua Medical Center received a 3-year accreditation, the longest available, from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (ACS CoC) based on quality measures including early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation and end-of-life care.


About the Women’s Choice Award®
The Women’s Choice Award sets the standard for helping women to make smarter choices for themselves and their families. The company and its awards identify the brands, products and services that are most recommended and trusted by women. The Women’s Choice Award is the only evidence-based quality designation that drives consumer and patient appreciation through education, empowerment and validation. Additionally, they recognize those that deliver a recommendation-worthy customer experience. Visit www.WomensChoiceAward.com to learn more.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to kp.org/share.

 

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Kaiser Permanente Urges DHS to Withdraw Proposed Changes That May Prevent Access to Care and Coverage

This week Kaiser Permanente joined numerous organizations, advocacy groups, businesses, and policymakers in urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to withdraw a proposed rule to expand the definition of public charge, which may prevent legal immigrants and their families from accessing health care and coverage.

Under the proposed rule, the definition of public charge would include the lawful receipt of assistance from several health, nutrition, and housing programs, which were previously excluded from consideration by U.S. immigration officials when determining whether an individual was likely to become a “public charge.”

Kaiser Permanente is concerned that threatening the immigration status of eligible immigrants as a result of their lawful enrollment in public benefit programs would lead to more people being uninsured and negatively affect the health of millions of people. When people lose coverage and access to affordable care, we can anticipate sicker patients, increased use of emergency rooms, and worsening health outcomes for our communities.

Moreover, this policy has far-reaching implications beyond legal immigrants and permanent residents. Nationwide, over 19 million children live in a family with an immigrant parent, and nearly 9 in 10 (86 percent) of these children are American citizens.

In the best interest of our more than 12 million members and the 65 million people residing in the communities we serve, Kaiser Permanente believes that we must continue to support increased access to high-quality, affordable care, and ensure coverage for more — not fewer — people in this country. The proposed rule jeopardizes access to the care that is delivered by Kaiser Permanente’s more than 22,000 physicians every day.

Kaiser Permanente called on the Department to not penalize the individuals who use these important public benefits, to withdraw the proposed rule, and to maintain the Department’s longstanding guidance on public charge.

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Kaiser Permanente Donates $10,000 to American Diabetes Association in Honor of Outstanding Employee Volunteer

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is donating $ 10,000 to the American Diabetes Association in recognition of the outstanding volunteer efforts of Anne LaPorte, RN, CDE, an endocrinology nurse and certified diabetes educator at Kaiser Permanente’s Honolulu Medical Office. LaPorte is the third of six employees to be recognized for her volunteer service with the opportunity to donate $ 10,000 to a nonprofit of her choice, in celebration of Kaiser Permanente’s 60th anniversary in Hawaii.

“Anne is a passionate advocate for diabetes education, in our Kaiser Permanente clinic as well as in the community,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “Her dedication to creating healthier communities through proactive measures such as education and access is a reflection of our organization’s commitment to improving health and wellness in Hawaii.”

LaPorte specializes in diabetes education at Kaiser Permanente, and for the past five years has volunteered her expertise to support education and prevention initiatives for the American Diabetes Association Hawaii office. She runs a support group for Kaiser Permanente members and non-members with type 1 diabetes, which has evolved into a community resource for people living with diabetes. She also frequently participates in educational programs and health fairs at local schools and businesses to educate the community about preventing diabetes through healthy habits and behaviors. Through ADA, LaPorte collaborated with Zippy’s Restaurants to create a diabetes-friendly menu offering healthy alternatives for diners with diabetes. LaPorte has been recognized by ADA’s Hawaii Chapter as the nurse educator of the year for the past two years.

Kaiser Permanente has a long history of giving back to Hawaii’s communities and supporting local nonprofits, schools and government initiatives through grants, sponsorships and volunteerism. From 2013 to 2017, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii contributed $ 3.4 million in grant funding to community organizations, government agencies and partners to promote health statewide. Every year, the organization brings together thousands of employees and their family members to participate in volunteer projects, including environmental restoration for Kaiser Permanente’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, campus beautification at Hawaii schools, and health screenings at the Special Olympics and other community events.


About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to kp.org/share.

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Welcomes New Regional Director of Employee and Labor Relations

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has hired Kristie Chorny as the Hawaii Region director of employee and labor relations. She will provide leadership and guidance within the areas of labor relations, employee relations and equal employment opportunity/affirmative action for the organization’s Hawaii Region.

Chorny brings over 20 years of experience in human resources and labor relations to her role, serving most recently as director of Labor Relations at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, one of the organization’s largest regions. She provided labor relations consultation and support in a region consisting of over 73,000 bargaining unit employees and serving more than 4 million health plan members throughout 21 hospitals and 30 medical office facilities.

As Hawaii Region director, Chorny supports labor strategies for staffing effectiveness and operational effectiveness initiatives. Her accomplishments include work on Kaiser Permanente’s Labor Management Partnership, an innovative model for labor relations that provides an integrated and collaborative approach to contract negotiations and quality care delivery.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Chorny’s career included management and labor relations roles at Kellogg, Foss Maritime and Verizon Communications. She earned her bachelor’s degree in human resource management and master’s degree in organizational management from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan.


About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to kp.org/share.

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Kaiser Permanente JAMA Study Finds 10-Year Follow-up Interval After Negative Colonoscopies Is Associated with Reduced Risk of Colorectal Cancer and Mortality

OAKLAND, Calif. — Ten years after a negative colonoscopy, Kaiser Permanente members had 46 percent lower risk of being diagnosed with and were 88 percent less likely to die from colorectal cancer compared with those who did not undergo colorectal cancer screening, according to a study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine.

“Our study shows that following a colonoscopy with normal findings, there is a reduced risk of developing and dying from colorectal cancer for at least 10 years,” said study leader Jeffrey Lee, MD, Kaiser Permanente gastroenterologist and research scientist at the Division of Research.

“These findings suggest that physicians can feel confident following the guideline-recommended 10-year rescreening interval after a negative colonoscopy in which no colorectal cancer or polyps were found. There is now solid evidence supporting that recommendation.”

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force currently recommends colorectal cancer screening for adults at average risk between 50 and 75 years old, with either colonoscopy every 10 years, sigmoidoscopy every five years or fecal testing every year, assuming these tests are normal.

Before this study, there was little evidence supporting the 10-year recommended screening interval after a colonoscopy with normal findings, Lee said. “That uncertainty was concerning because colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.”

To help address the evidence gap for when to rescreen, the retrospective study examined the long-term risk of colorectal cancer and related deaths after a negative colonoscopy in comparison to no screening in more than 1.25 million average-risk members of Kaiser Permanente in Northern California who were of recommended screening age during the 1998 to 2015 study period.

“This large study is the first with a high enough number of average-risk individuals to evaluate cancer risks after colonoscopy examinations, compared with no screening,” said senior author Douglas Corley, MD, PhD, Kaiser Permanente gastroenterologist and research scientist with the Division of Research. “Such information provides greater certainty regarding the appropriate timing for rescreening after a negative colonoscopy.”

Colorectal cancer is an active area of study at Kaiser Permanente.

The National Cancer Institute funded the study through its Population-Based Research Optimizing Screening Through Personalized Regimens consortium.

In addition to Lee and Corley, co-authors were Christopher D. Jensen, PhD, Theodore R. Levin, MD, Natalia Udaltsova, PhD, Wei K. Zhao, MPH, Bruce H. Fireman, MA, and Charles P. Quesenberry, PhD, all of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research; Ann G. Zauber, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Joanne E. Schottinger, MD, and Virginia P. Quinn, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research and Evaluation; and Chyke A. Doubeni, MD, University of Pennsylvania.


About the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
The Kaiser Permanente Division of Research conducts, publishes, and disseminates epidemiologic and health services research to improve the health and medical care of Kaiser Permanente members and society at large. It seeks to understand the determinants of illness and well-being, and to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care. Currently, DOR’s 600-plus staff is working on more than 400 epidemiological and health services research projects. For more information, visit www.dor.kaiser.org or follow us @KPDOR.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to share.kaiserpermanente.org.

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Welcomes New Senior Director Of Provider Contracting

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has hired Maria Regina “Gina” Rafer as the senior director of Provider Contracting. She is responsible for overseeing contracts for hospital, ancillary and provider services, and for maintaining relationships with Kaiser Permanente’s network providers.

Rafer has 20 years of experience in health care management, serving most recently as director of Provider Contracting and Value Based lead at Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield and as corporate director of National Provider Relations at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. There, she led provider innovation, provider initiatives and network strategy for the New York division of Blue Cross Blue Shield. She has held management positions with a focus on provider relations and network management at WellCare of New York, UnitedHealthcare and Aetna. Rafer also served as an adjunct professor and instructor at Bryant & Stratton College in Syracuse, New York, teaching pre-license training for life, accident and health insurance to work in commercial, Medicare and Medicaid health plan markets.

Rafer earned bachelor’s degrees in history and mechanical engineering from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, and holds her New York State license to sell life, accident and health insurance.


About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to kp.org/share.

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Kaiser Permanente Opens New Beaverton Medical and Dental Office

PORTLAND, Ore. — Today, Kaiser Permanente opens its new Beaverton Medical and Dental Office. The new facility is our vision for the future of health care: person-centered care for body, mind and spirit, powered by innovation.

The three-floor, 90,000-square-foot facility replaces the current Beaverton facility that opened nearly 50 years ago, and is the first Kaiser Permanente facility outside of California that was built from the ground up to harness design, technology and workflow to create an intuitive and convenient experience for members and care teams.

This state-of-the-art care facility features a public square at its heart to educate, engage and inspire wellness, and appointment notification text alerts allowing patients to relax, enjoy something from the café, or take in the Northwest-created art displayed throughout the building. Larger exam rooms are designed to be less clinical and more conversational, and digital screens let providers share notes and display other medical information.

Medical and dental — together

One of the innovative ways that Kaiser Permanente is a national leader in care delivery is with medical and dental integration, which leads to improved health outcomes. For example, clinicians can look ahead at the dental patients on their schedule to see whether they’re due for any medical procedures, such as flu shots, immunizations or blood pressure checks, which can be taken care of during their visit. Because of Kaiser Permanente’s integrated medical record, a dental team provider can then, for example, send a message directly to the patient’s primary care doctor.

“Kaiser Permanente is unique in our movement toward integrated medical and dental care, and our new Beaverton office was built from the ground up to offer a convenient and highly personal total health experience,” said Curt Lemrick, DMD, the lead dentist at the new office. “Dental health can often give clues about a person’s overall health, and we strongly believe that the future state of medicine will be one where the two are integrated. We’re excited our Beaverton neighbors can now receive all of their medical and dental care in this state-of-the-art facility.”

Key Services

  • Primary care for adults and children
  • Dental care and dental hygiene services for adults and children
  • Imaging
  • Laboratory
  • Occupational Health
  • Nurse Treatment Center
  • Pharmacy
  • Urgent Care
  • Vision Essentials/Optometry

The new medical and dental office is adjacent to the old building at the corner of Western Avenue and Beaverton Hillsdale Highway. (The old building will be razed in 2019.)


About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to kp.org/share.

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Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine Announces Senior Leadership Team

PASADENA, Calif. — The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine reached a significant milestone today as it announced the newest members of its senior leadership team, composed of a world-class, multidisciplinary and diverse group of leaders who will oversee the planning, design and implementation of all areas of the school.

“I am thrilled to welcome these distinguished individuals to the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine leadership team,” said Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, founding dean and chief executive officer of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. “Their progressive and thoughtful leadership, combined with their innovative ideas and vision for the future of medical education, will play a vital role in establishing a world-class, 21st-century academic medical institution. We aim to train students to be outstanding physicians who also will join with others in transforming health care delivery across the nation and beyond.”

Dr. Schuster, an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, was previously William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and chief of general pediatrics and vice-chair for health policy in the department of medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.

The new leaders, consisting of seven deans, three department chairs and a senior vice president, represent decades of academic and health care experience and will play an integral role in driving the strategic direction of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. They are:

José M. Barral, MD, PhD, appointed chair of the department of foundational science. Dr. Barral comes from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where he served as tenured professor in the department of neuroscience, cell biology and anatomy in the school of medicine; senior associate dean for academic affairs in the graduate school of biomedical sciences; and director of the MD-PhD combined degree program. Dr. Barral is a Pew Scholar in the biomedical sciences and has garnered numerous awards including the University of Texas System Regents Outstanding Teaching Award.

Paul Chung, MD, MS, appointed chair of the department of health systems science. Dr. Chung comes from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Mattel Children’s Hospital, where he was a professor of pediatrics and chief of general pediatrics. He also served as a professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Chung, who also is an adjunct senior scientist at RAND, has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as other public and private agencies. He is president-elect of the Academic Pediatric Association.

Maureen T. Connelly, MD, MPH, appointed senior associate dean for academic and community affairs. Dr. Connelly comes from Harvard Medical School, where she served as dean for faculty affairs. She is a founding member and former leader of the New England Network on Faculty Affairs and recently served as the chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Faculty Affairs. Dr. Connelly’s academic appointment was in the department of population medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, a managed care organization committed to population health strategies and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, where her research focused on women’s health and patient decision-making. 

Walter D. Conwell, MD, MBA, appointed associate dean for equity, inclusion and diversity. Dr. Conwell comes from CPMG (the Colorado Permanente Medical Group), where he held the positions of physician director of diversity, equity and inclusion and medical director of sleep medicine and outpatient sleep diagnostics. Prior to joining CPMG, Dr. Conwell completed an administrative fellowship in diversity and inclusion at the University of Colorado Denver during which he focused on pipeline program development and assessment. Dr. Conwell previously served as the program coordinator for the Summer Medical Education Program Chicago Consortium which was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administered by the American Association of Medical Colleges.

Anne Eacker, MD, appointed senior associate dean for student affairs. Dr. Eacker comes from the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she was associate dean for student affairs and a practicing general internist. She has served as medical director of the general internal medicine center in the department of medicine at the University of Washington, and as an associate professor for the division of general internal medicine in the department of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Eacker is a recipient of the 2018 American College of Physicians Washington State Chapter Outstanding Clinician-Educator Award.

Walter Harris, MBA, PMP, appointed senior vice president for administration and finance. Mr. Harris comes from the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., where he served as senior associate dean for administration and operations and associate vice president for operations and chief operating officer. He previously served as deputy commissioner for operations and chief operations officer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Abbas Hyderi, MD, MPH, appointed senior associate dean for medical education. Dr. Hyderi comes from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine (UIC), where he was associate dean for undergraduate medical education. He was the co-chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges Core Entrustable Professional Activities Pilot’s Entrustment Concept Group. He was chair of UIC’s curriculum transformation task force and co-chair of UIC Provost’s interprofessional education task force. He founded the Essentials of Clinical Practice and Professionalism 2 course and is a recipient of UIC’s College of Medicine Alumni Council Emerging Innovator of the Year Award and Illinois Academy of Family Physicians Teacher of the Year Award.

Michael Kanter, MD, appointed chair of the department of clinical science. Dr. Kanter comes from The Permanente Federation, a physician-led group that provides care exclusively for the more than 12.2 million members of Kaiser Permanente, where he serves as executive vice president and chief quality officer. He also serves as regional medical director of quality and clinical analysis for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. He is a recent recipient of the American Public Health Association’s prestigious 2018 Donabedian Award for Health Quality for his pioneering work in developing and spreading the Sure Net program, which helps reduce missed or delayed diagnoses and increases medication safety.

Carla Lupi, MD, appointed associate dean for assessment and evaluation. Dr. Lupi comes from the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, where she served as associate dean for faculty and before that as assistant dean for learning and teaching. She also was a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. She was a contributor to the American Association of Medical Colleges Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Faculty Development Concept Group. She has served as a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners since 2016.

Elizabeth McGlynn, PhD, appointed interim senior associate dean for research and scholarship. Dr. McGlynn is currently vice president of Kaiser Permanente Research and executive director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research.  She is an internationally known expert on methods for evaluating the appropriateness and quality of health care. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and is the former chair of the agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Advisory Committee and is on the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation Board of Directors.

Lindia Willies-Jacobo, MD, appointed associate dean for admissions. Dr. Willies-Jacobo comes from the University of California, San Diego, where she served as assistant dean for diversity and community partnerships, professor of pediatrics, director of the program in medical education-health equity and member of the recruitment and admissions executive committee. She is principal investigator on two Health Resources and Services Administration grants that focus on developing a diverse health care workforce and is the Western regional representative for the Association of American Medical Colleges Group Student Affairs Committee on Student Diversity Affairs.

“As we embark on this exciting effort, our inaugural leadership team’s expertise, dedication and innovation will drive our pursuit of educational excellence,” Dr. Schuster said. “I am thrilled with the team we have brought together and appreciative of their enormous talent and commitment. I look forward to partnering with our new leaders, our existing leaders and the rest of the medical school team to build a school we can be proud of.”

The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine is based in Pasadena, California. Its mission is to provide a world-class medical education that ignites a passion for learning, a desire to serve and an unwavering commitment to improve the health and well-being of patients and communities.


About the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine
The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine will offer more than a conventional medical education. It will provide students with the unique opportunity to be taught by the physicians of Kaiser Permanente and immersed in one of the nation’s highest-performing health care organizations. Students will gain real-world experience in an environment that embraces diversity of thought, experience, and culture, and values their wellness and total health. This approach will create physicians with the knowledge, skills, and passion to lead the transformation of health care in our nation and help diverse communities thrive. Learn more at schoolofmedicine.kp.org.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

 

 

 

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Kaiser Permanente Donates $1.65 Million to California Wildfire Recovery Efforts

OAKLAND, Calif.Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system, committed up to $ 1.65 million to support relief and recovery efforts in communities affected by the recent California wildfires.

Kaiser Permanente is committing up to $ 1 million to the American Red Cross and other organizations to help Camp Fire victims in Northern California. The funds will support community-based and faith-based organizations helping people recover from these disasters. Kaiser Permanente has also deployed medical and nursing volunteers to provide care to displaced families and seniors now living in shelters.

The health system will also provide $ 500,000 to the United Way of Greater Los Angeles for immediate relief efforts as well as longer-term recovery support to organizations serving low-income residents.

Another $ 150,000 will go to Ventura County Community Foundation, with $ 50,000 specifically allocated to the foundation for organizational capacity support and the balance to provide shelter and long-term housing, financial and rental assistance, legal services, health care and more for those affected by the Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California. For the next eight weeks, Kaiser Permanente is offering crisis support groups to the community for those impacted by the Thousand Oaks shooting and the fires.

“We are deeply saddened to see how these fires have hurt our communities across California,” said Bechara Choucair, MD, senior vice president and chief community health officer, Kaiser Permanente. “It is times like these when Kaiser Permanente leans in to fulfill our commitment to the health of our communities we serve, leveraging our resources, expertise and leadership in community health.”

In early November, massive, deadly wildfires broke out in Butte County in Northern California and in Ventura and Los Angeles counties in Southern California, destroying thousands of homes and displacing scores of people, including many vulnerable seniors. During that time, Kaiser Permanente worked alongside organizations including the American Red Cross and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to provide support and determine the needs of the communities.

“The Red Cross is grateful for the commitment of Kaiser Permanente whose generosity helps provide shelter, food and comfort for people affected by the devastating wildfires in California,” said Don Herring, chief development officer at the American Red Cross.

“We are grateful for the fast response and generous aid Kaiser Permanente provided to United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Disaster Relief Fund,” said Elise Buik, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “This is a critical time, and this contribution will help vulnerable individuals and families rebuild their lives.”

Kaiser Permanente has a long-standing commitment to the health of communities across the country, including during times of natural disaster. Kaiser Permanente has so far committed more than $ 8 million during 2017 and 2018 to support relief and recovery efforts, including mental health services, for survivors of natural disasters such as the fires in Northern California, the Thomas Fire in Southern California, Hurricane Harvey in the southeast United States, and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.


About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Awards $164,000 in Grant Funding to Improve Public Health

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente has awarded $ 164,000 in community benefit grant funding to community health initiatives in Hawaii. The grant recipients are working to improve public health with a focus on serving low-income and vulnerable populations.

“At Kaiser Permanente of Hawaii, we’re committed to building healthier communities across the state,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals of Hawaii. “We’re proud to support organizations and initiatives working toward the same goal to improve public health and access to care for everyone in our community.”

Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice received $ 50,000 to further establish the Hawaii Budget and Policy Center, a valuable community resource that provides state poverty reports and analyzes budget and tax policies that address poverty and inequity in the state. The center will research and analyze key policy issues, with specific focus on policies that address health and well-being for low- and moderate-income households, in order to improve efforts by service providers, lawmakers and government officials. The center’s work has the potential to impact more than 150,000 Hawaii residents living in poverty.

Boys & Girls Club Hawaii received $ 40,000 to provide comprehensive mentoring and community programming to promote healthy eating and active lifestyles. Through the grant, Boys & Girls Club Hawaii will partner with organizations to provide learning and leadership opportunities through sports clinics and leagues, culinary arts programs and even business training to 400 at-risk youth on Oahu.

Hawaii Primary Care Association received $ 40,000 to improve access to mental and behavioral health services within community health centers. The majority of patients served by community health centers live below the federal poverty level and 14 percent are uninsured. The grant will help build capacity for community health centers to screen, provide interventions and offer referrals to treat substance abuse and other behavioral health issues, giving more than 11,000 patients a network of support and services.

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center received $ 34,000 to expand its school-based health services program. The grant will support two school-based health centers at Waianae High School and Waianae Intermediate School, which provide acute care, immunizations, physical exams and basic medications such as antibiotics to a large population of Native Hawaiian students, regardless of insurance status. School-based health centers also increase access to behavioral health services, addressing a critical need for greater support for adolescents facing bullying, stress, violence, depression and suicidal thoughts. More than 3,800 adolescents living in Waianae are expected to benefit.


About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to kp.org/share.

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Kaiser Permanente Honors Employee Volunteerism With $10,000 Donation

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is donating $ 10,000 to Breastfeeding Hawaii in recognition of the outstanding volunteer efforts of Jane Gallagher Felix, APRN, a registered nurse in the obstetrics-gynecology department at Kaiser Permanente Koolau Medical Office. Felix is the second of six employees to be recognized for her volunteer service with the opportunity to donate $ 10,000 to a nonprofit of her choice, in celebration of Kaiser Permanente’s 60th anniversary in Hawaii.

“Jane has gone above and beyond in her commitment to supporting the health of mothers and babies across Hawaii, and we’re proud to honor her volunteer service with this donation,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “Kaiser Permanente Hawaii believes in giving back to the communities we serve, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to celebrate our 60th anniversary by recognizing our passionate and dedicated employees.”

Felix has chosen to direct her donation to Breastfeeding Hawaii, a nonprofit with a mission to improve the health of women and children through breastfeeding education and support. Breastfeeding Hawaii is the state affiliate of the United States Breastfeeding Committee, a national public health coalition. A longtime board member and current board secretary, Felix is involved with educational program development, research, strategy, outreach and community events for the organization. She volunteers her time to educate expecting parents at events such as the Baby Expo, meets with pediatricians and partners to discuss education efforts and is part of a team that is working to organize a donor breast milk bank in Hawaii.

Kaiser Permanente has a long history of giving back to Hawaii’s communities, supporting local nonprofits, schools and government initiatives through grants, sponsorships and volunteerism. From 2013 to 2017, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii contributed $ 3.4 million in grant funding to community organizations, government agencies and partners to promote health statewide. Every year, the organization brings together thousands of employees and their family members to participate in volunteer projects, including environmental restoration for Kaiser Permanente’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, campus beautification at Hawaii schools, and health screenings at the Special Olympics and other community events.


About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Kaiser Permanente Recognized as Top-Rated Workplace for Veterans

After evaluating more than 100 million ratings and reviews in its database, Indeed, a careers website, ranked Kaiser Permanente number 8 for the programs and initiatives we provide to veterans. Among the top 50 large companies on the list, Kaiser Permanente is the only health care organization on Indeed’s inaugural list of top-rated workplaces for veterans.

“This recognition highlights how much Kaiser Permanente values the unique experience and skillset veterans bring to our workforce and our commitment to providing our veteran employees with the support and resources needed to succeed in their careers,” said Ronald Copeland, MD, senior vice president and chief equity, inclusion, and diversity officer at Kaiser Permanente and a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Kaiser Permanente specifically recruits military veterans through its careers for military program and Military Officer Transition Program, a two-year rotational program designed to transition high-performing military officers into successful Kaiser Permanente Careers. The Kaiser Permanente Veterans Association also gives voice to the strengths, needs, and concerns of Kaiser Permanente employees, physicians, and family members who are veterans or reservists.

This recognition from Indeed is the latest in a string of recent accolades for Kaiser Permanente’s support and commitment to its veteran employees, including:

  • For the fourth year, Kaiser Permanente earned the No. 4 spot in the nonprofit category on the 2019 Military Friendly Top Ten Gold Employer list by VIQTORY
  • Kaiser Permanente of the Northwest was recently honored with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Extraordinary Employer Support Award
  • For the second year, Kaiser Permanente was recognized as a leader in disability hiring by the National Organization on Disability.

In addition to Indeed’s list, Kaiser Permanente has been recognized for our commitment to supporting our employees and being a best place to work, including the following distinctions we’ve already received in 2018:

 

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Kaiser Permanente Helps Oakland International Airport Passengers Reduce Stress and Maintain Good Mental Health

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health care system, has introduced some practical and whimsical ways for passengers departing Terminal 2 at the Oakland International Airport to reduce the stress of air travel and encourage them to stay healthy this busy holiday travel season and beyond. This effort is part of nonprofit Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to the total health of body, mind and spirit of the communities it serves.

Portions of the security checkpoint at OAK Terminal 2 have been transformed to depict some of the most soothing aspects of nature, including the sights and sounds of a California redwood forest, a blue sky filled with clouds, and a 1,500-square foot “living wall” filled with plants that act as natural air filters.

“Our work with the Port of Oakland is a natural extension of our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Janet Liang, president, Kaiser Permanente Northern California. “We understand people have an opportunity to experience good health habits where they live, work, play and in this case, travel. Our airport expression is another example of our commitment to creating positive environments throughout the Bay Area community Kaiser Permanente has called home for almost 75 years.”

The new features at OAK Terminal 2 include:

Living wall of plants with a sign that reads 'thrive - Kaiser Permanente'

Kaiser Permanente has installed a massive living wall at the Oakland International Airport that cleans the air naturally and helps reduce the stress of air travel for passengers.

The living wall: Taking up the entire west wall of the security checkpoint area, the wall contains 34 unique plant species, including 13 that, according to a NASA study, help clean indoor air naturally and improve the ambient environment. 

Bringing the outdoors in: Travelers are greeted by large white clouds suspended from the checkpoint and atrium ceiling. Soothing sounds of nature can be heard from speakers strategically placed near the checkpoint area. Messages on panels throughout the checkpoint encourage passengers to “breathe in,” “relax” and “thrive.”

H2O to go: Passengers will be able to refill their reusable bottles at new hydration stations, installed just past the security checkpoint. The stations dispense premium purified drinking water to help keep passengers hydrated before and during their flight.

These elements are all aimed at alleviating the anxiety, frustration and fear commonly felt by travelers, and they are part of a much broader effort by Kaiser Permanente to improve mental health and wellness in the communities it serves. This larger effort includes, but is not limited to, the Find Your Words public service campaign to de-stigmatize depression and Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Schools Program, which includes efforts to improve the emotional and social well-being of students and staff.

“Support for emotional health and well-being is built into Kaiser Permanente’s overall approach to total health,” said Don Mordecai, MD, the national leader for mental health and wellness at Kaiser Permanente. “Our goal with transforming Terminal 2 is to help improve the travel experience for people and to help them find a bit of calm in what can often be a stressful environment.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Kaiser Permanente’s contribution to the ongoing transformation of Terminal 2 at Oakland International Airport. This uplifting introduction at the screening checkpoint positively influences the early stages of the passenger experience,” said Bryant L. Francis, Port of Oakland director of aviation. “This addition at OAK creates a more relaxing environment for outbound travelers as well as the hundreds of employees based in Terminal 2.”

 

About Oakland International Airport
Oakland International is the fourth busiest airport in California and second busiest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Serving over 13 million travelers annually, OAK is the closest airport to the region’s top business and tourism venues. It is also the closest airport for most local residents. Oakland’s air service roster to over 60 nonstop destinations is offered on 12 different airline brands. The vision of Oakland International Airport is to offer customers a world-class experience and be the airport of choice for Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by the Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

 

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Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center Maintains “A” Grade for Patient Safety

HONOLULU — The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit advocate for health care transparency, has awarded Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center its seventh straight “A” grade in the Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The Hospital Safety Grade, administered in the spring and fall every year, measures the overall performance of more than 2,500 hospitals nationwide in keeping patients safe from preventable medical errors. Moanalua Medical Center is 1 of 4 hospitals in Hawaii honored with the Straight A distinction of receiving five or more consecutive A grades.

The Hospital Safety Score uses hospital performance data collected by national health care organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Scores are calculated based on 27 types of publicly available hospital data related to patient care, medication errors and infection prevention. It’s published as a free resource to help patients and their families make informed health care decisions. Only 32 percent of hospitals in the U.S. have received an A grade in the Fall 2018 report.

“Patient safety is a top priority at Kaiser Permanente, and we’re proud of our doctors, providers and staff who work together to create a healthy healing environment for patients,” said Linda Puu, RN, vice president of quality, safety and care experience at Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii. “Our integrated electronic health record system and coordinated care approach helps reduce errors and safety risks, which improves patient outcomes and ensures a higher quality of care.”


About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to kp.org/share.

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Welcomes New Physicians on Oahu and Maui

HONOLULU — Six doctors have joined Kaiser Permanente Hawaii facilities on Oahu and Maui. They add to Kaiser Permanente’s award-winning staff of more than 600 health care providers in Hawaii’s largest medical practice, the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group (HPMG), which serves more than 255,000 members in Hawaii.

Vanessa Cabe, MD

Vanessa Cabe, MD

Vanessa Cabe, MD, has joined as a primary care physician at the Kaiser Permanente Waipio Medical Office. She graduated with her medical degree from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Huntington Hospital, in Pasadena, California. She is board certified in internal medicine.

 

Dardo Ferrara, MD

Dardo Ferrara, MD

Dardo Ferrara, MD, practices cardiology at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from National University of Cordoba in Cordoba, Argentina. Dr. Ferrara completed his internal medicine residency at Hospital Nacional de Clinicas in Cordoba, Argentina, serving as chief resident. He completed a second internal medicine residency, as well as fellowships in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology, at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Ferrara practiced cardiac electrophysiology at North Cascade Cardiology, part of PeaceHealth Medical Group, in Bellingham, Washington. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

Melissa Kim, MD, FAAP

Melissa Kim, MD, FAAP

Melissa Kim, MD, FAAP, is a pediatric hospitalist at Maui Memorial Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, and completed her pediatric residency at University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Most recently, she served as a pediatric hospitalist at Nemours Children’s Health System at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, Florida, and Nemours Children’s Urgent Care in Melbourne, Florida. Dr. Kim is also an assistant professor, global status, in the department of pediatrics at her alma mater, Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She is board certified in pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Elisa Zaragoza Macias, MD, MPH

Elisa Zaragoza Macias, MD, MPH

Elisa Zaragoza Macias, MD, MPH, joins the cardiology department at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. She earned her medical degree from the University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. Dr. Macias completed her internal medicine residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she also earned her Master of Public Health degree. She completed fellowships in cardiology and adult congenital heart disease at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. She comes to Kaiser Permanente from PeaceHealth Medical Center in Bellingham, Washington, where she served as echocardiography laboratory director and adult congenital heart disease director. Dr. Macias is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and adult congenital heart disease.

Shauna Raboteau, DO, MPH

Shauna Raboteau, DO, MPH

Shauna Raboteau, DO, MPH, practices family medicine at Kaiser Permanente Nanaikeola Clinic. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, California, where she also earned her Master of Public Health. Dr. Raboteau completed her family medicine residency through the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority in Puyallup, Washington, serving as chief resident. She is board eligible in family medicine.

 

Tom Feng, MD

Tom Feng, MD

Tom Feng, MD, joins the urology department at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and completed his urology residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He also completed a robotics and laparoscopic fellowship at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.


About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

 

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Keiki Patients Enjoy Halloween Fun at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center Trick-Or-Treat Event

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center held its annual trick-or-treat event for the hospital’s youngest patients today, celebrating Halloween with festive costumes, decorations and healthy treats. Eight pediatric patients ranging in age from toddlers to teens traveled through nearly every floor of the facility, showing off their costumes in exchange for stickers, coloring books and healthy snacks from physicians and staff.

Baby shark and friends enjoyed the healthy treats from staff.

Baby shark and friends enjoyed the healthy treats from staff.

Dressed as superheroes and movie characters, keiki visited General Surgery, Cardiology, Food & Nutrition and other departments to take in the hospital’s Halloween decorations and meet physicians and staff in costume. Five young patients who were unable to leave the pediatrics floor received a special delivery of Halloween treats delivered to their rooms by staff members.

“Our annual Halloween trick-or-treat event is a favorite for physicians, staff and parents, because it allows our young patients to celebrate the holidays without leaving the hospital,” said Kathryn Martin, RN, manager of pediatrics at Moanalua Medical Center. “We look forward to brightening the spirits of all our keiki with healthy treats and festive Halloween fun.”


About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Kaiser Permanente Announces Development of $60 Million Kapolei Facility

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente is investing in expanding care options for residents of West Oahu with the development of a $ 60 million medical office in Kapolei. The planned 40,000-square-foot medical office, including primary and specialty care and prevention and wellness programs, is projected for completion in 2021. The West Oahu Medical Office will be located at the corner of Kapolei Parkway and Kamokila Boulevard.

“Our new medical office will provide thousands of members in West Oahu with greater access to primary and specialty care and services, closer to where they live and work,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “Our state-of-the-art West Oahu Medical Office will offer enhanced convenience, new technology and high-quality care provided by top physicians and providers in a modern environment designed for healing.”

“We’re particularly excited about this new medical office, because it gives us an opportunity to implement some innovative ways to deliver care to our members in West Oahu,” said Geoff Sewell, MD, president and executive medical director of Hawaii Permanente Medical Group. “This medical office will be much more than a place where people who are sick come to get treatment from their physicians and providers, we envision it becoming an active center for health and wellness for families in the community.”


About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Kaiser Permanente Southern California Provides Numerous Drop-Off Locations for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

PASADENA, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente Southern California facilities, in partnership with local law enforcement agencies, are encouraging community members to participate in “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

“At Kaiser Permanente we remain actively involved in the total health of our Southern California community, and we feel it’s our responsibility to educate the community about the importance of responsibly disposing prescription drugs, while also raising awareness of the significant harm that comes from abuse of medications, “said Alan Kiyohara, vice president, Pharmacy Operations and Services for Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “Studies have shown that medicines that remain in the home are highly susceptible to misuse.”

DEA National Rx Take Back - Saturday, October 27 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit deatakeback.com for more information.There are 16 Kaiser Permanente Southern California facilities participating as drop-off sites for Take Back Day. Earlier this year, 11 Kaiser Permanente facilities participated during the Take Back Day, where more than 6,700 pounds of unused and expired medications were collected.

These prescription drug take back events address vital public safety and public health issues while providing residents with a convenient and anonymous way to safely dispose of expired, unwanted, or unused medicines.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, more people started down the path of addiction through the misuse of opioid prescription drugs, and each year higher amounts of opioids are being turned in at the Take Back Day events.

Those unable to participate on October 27 can properly dispose of medications at drug disposal kiosks in Kaiser Permanente facilities throughout Southern California. Kiosks are available at Kaiser Permanente locations for public use during regular service hours.

A listing of additional drop-off locations available for public use can be found on the Drug Enforcement Administration website.


About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plan Earns Highest Rating in the State

HONOLULU — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a federal agency, has rated Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s 2019 Medicare plan the highest rating of 5 out of 5 stars in its annual Star Ratings program. Kaiser Permanente is the only Medicare plan in Hawaii and one of just 14 in the nation to receive 5 stars this year.

The Medicare star quality rating for 2019 is based on plans’ performance in up to 45 care and service quality measures across 9 categories. CMS assigns a rating to individual Medicare health plans ranging from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) stars based on measures related to staying healthy, managing chronic conditions, member experience, customer service and pharmacy services. Five-star plans can participate in a Special Enrollment Period and continue to enroll individual (direct pay) Medicare members from January 1 to September 31, in addition to the regular annual enrollment period of October 15 to December 7.

“From the doctor’s office to the pharmacy to member services, our entire staff is dedicated to providing high-quality, integrated care and coverage to help our kupuna members stay healthy as they age,” said Linda Puu, vice president of Quality, Safety and Care Experience. “We’re proud to be recognized as the leading Medicare plan in Hawaii by CMS, which oversees Medicare administration and has the highest standards for measuring quality of care and health plan performance.”

The CMS rating follows a recent accolade given by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a leading health care quality assurance organization. Earlier this year, the NCQA Medicare Health Insurance Plan Ratings awarded Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s Medicare plan with a 5 out of 5 score, making it the only 2019 plan in Hawaii and one of just eight plans nationwide to receive the highest rating.

Data for the Medicare star quality rating is drawn from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, Health Outcomes Survey and CMS administrative data from audits, complaints and “secret shopping.” For more information about the CMS star ratings, visit medicare.gov. To learn more about the star ratings and see Kaiser Permanente’s ratings by region, visit kp.org/medicarestars.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Supports Community Health Initiatives With $105,000 in Grants

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has awarded $ 105,000 in community benefit grant funding to three neighbor island nonprofits working to improve community health and promote active living.

“Encouraging healthy, active lifestyles helps our keiki develop good habits that will benefit them throughout their lives,” said Dave Underriner, president Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “We’re proud to support community initiatives that enable our children to get outdoors and thrive.”

Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii was awarded $ 45,000 to promote accessible, safe bikeways and pathways for Hawaii Island residents through the Mayor’s Active Living Advisory Council, founded in 2013 with funding from Kaiser Permanente. PATH will develop a Safe Routes to School master plan for Hawaii County, with Walk to School Day programs in 12 schools and bike-share programs in Hilo and Kona. PATH will also provide a three-day bike safety education program and helmets to 1,200 students in 18 Hawaii Island schools.

Boys and Girls Club of Maui received $ 40,000 to promote healthy eating and physical activity among after-school program participants on Maui. The Triple Play program will support a Healthy Habits curriculum with nutrition, education and fitness components, encourage more physical activity and help youth track the progress of their health and fitness goals. The program will take place at six Boys and Girls Club of Maui clubhouses, reaching approximately 1,500 youth between the ages of 6 and 17.

Maui Economic Development Board was awarded $ 20,000 to expand STEM programming in schools and after-school programs in order to increase student interest in science, health care and technology fields. The grant also aims to improve students’ self-confidence, team-building skills and social skills. It will also help build career pathways for local youth by implementing 32 education and workforce development programs in 29 schools across the state. The program is expected to serve 14,000 students and teachers in Maui County, and an additional 31,000 statewide.


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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Kaiser Permanente and the Alliance of Health Care Unions Reach Tentative Labor Agreement

LOS ANGELES — Kaiser Permanente and the Alliance of Health Care Unions have reached a Tentative Agreement on a national, 3-year collective bargaining agreement that covers nearly 48,000 unionized Kaiser Permanente health care workers in 22 union locals.

The negotiations, which began in May, were among the largest private-sector contract talks in the United States this year. The deputy director and commissioners of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service attended the sessions. The tentative agreement was reached on September 23.

Read the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service’s statement acknowledging Kaiser Permanente and the Alliance of Health Care Unions for their “exceptional achievement” in reaching a tentative agreement.

The Tentative Agreement goes far beyond the traditional contract issues of wages and benefits. It includes provisions to strengthen the groundbreaking labor-management partnership between Kaiser Permanente and the Alliance, at the senior leadership level as well as the front-line level. This includes 3,600 unit-based teams — jointly led by pairs of managers and union-represented employees — that are delivering significant improvements in the areas of quality, affordability, service and work environment on behalf of Kaiser Permanente members and patients.

The Tentative Agreement also offers enhanced career development programs to enable Kaiser Permanente’s workforce to continue meeting member needs in an evolving health care environment.

“This agreement advances our ability to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve,” said Chuck Columbus, Kaiser Permanente senior vice president and chief Human Resources officer. “We’re proud of the skilled, dedicated and compassionate people of Kaiser Permanente who are devoted to our mission, our members and patients, communities and each other.”

“Our unions are committed to raising the standards of health care delivery, and the living standards of workers everywhere,” said Alliance Executive Board Chair Kathleen Theobald, executive director of the Kaiser Permanente Nurse Anesthetists Association. “We have shown that we can deliver top quality care hand in hand with industry-leading wages and benefits. This Tentative Agreement strengthens our partnership and our ability to keep delivering improvement for patients and workers.”

The agreement also reaffirms both parties’ commitment to working together under a new Labor Management Partnership agreement. The original agreement, reached in 1997, provided a joint strategy for organizational innovation and change, created an environment of continuous learning and improvement, and actively involved the workforce in decision-making. The new agreement builds on that, strengthening the commitment that Kaiser Permanente and the partner unions will promote each other’s mutual success.

The new Tentative Agreement includes:

  • Across-the-board wage increases, which vary by region and by year.
  • Enhanced processes to re-energize the Labor Management Partnership and ensure the engagement of senior leaders.
  • A new labor-management trust to fund the partnership with the Alliance.
  • A new educational trust to fund job training, pursuit of academic degrees, professional certification and career counseling services for employees represented by an Alliance union.
  • Continued support for 3,600 front-line teams. Worker engagement and participation in these teams have helped Kaiser Permanente garner recognition for clinical quality, patient safety and member satisfaction from organizations such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

The Tentative Agreement was unanimously approved by an Alliance bargaining delegate conference September 29 and will now go to union members for ratification. The voting is expected to be complete by the end of October. A senior Kaiser Permanente leadership group must also give its formal approval. If ratified, the agreement will have a retroactive effective date of October 1, 2018.

The contract will cover nearly 48,000 health care workers: 32,100 workers in California; 6,300 in Oregon and Washington; 2,100 in Colorado; 2,200 in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia; 2,800 in Georgia; and 1,900 in Hawaii. The workers span job classifications from registered nurses and pharmacists to maintenance and service workers.


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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Awards $119,000 in Grants to Support Health Care Workforce and Economic Development

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has awarded $ 119,000 in community benefit grant funding to three nonprofits seeking to promote economic opportunity and support workforce development throughout the state.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to addressing the shortage of health care workers and promoting economic opportunities in Hawaii,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “Supporting Hawaii’s health care sector, and helping small businesses grow and create jobs are among many ways we are committed to a thriving Hawaii.”

Hawaii Community College (via UH Foundation) was awarded $ 69,333 for the school’s nursing program to help address health care labor shortages on Hawaii Island. Ninety percent of the school’s nursing graduates — approximately 40 students per year — go on to work in health care positions on Hawaii Island, addressing a critical need for care providers in rural areas. The grant will be used to purchase a simulation mannequin that provides essential clinical education and hands-on skills learning to maintain accreditation for the nursing program.

Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership, in partnership with Mana Up (via YWCA Oahu), received $ 35,000 to promote economic opportunity, counseling and training for locally owned small businesses, with a specific focus on women’s leadership development. The nonprofits will offer a 10-month professional development course for 11 emerging women leaders, as well as a 12-week accelerator program for 20 local small businesses.

Hawaii Hospital Education and Research Foundation received $ 15,000 to expand scholarships for health care students in Hawaii. A shortage of providers in primary care, specialty care, mental health and oral health care, especially on neighbor islands, affects the health of the entire state. HHERF plans to offer scholarships ranging from $ 500 to $ 2,000 to 15 or more Hawaii health care students pursuing degrees in nursing, medicine, physical and occupational therapy, certified nursing assistant, medical assistant, pharmacy and health care IT.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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