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Press Releases: National

November 6, 2012

Kaiser Permanente Members Share Stories of Gratitude

Kaiser Permanente Care Stories

OAKLAND, Calif. — For many people, December is a time of reflection and counting one’s blessings. This month, Kaiser Permanente’s Care Stories blog (kp.org/carestories) highlights stories of gratitude. Three Kaiser Permanente members reflect on how their care teams came through for them at the right time, providing support to help them overcome difficult, sometimes scary, moments in their lives.


December’s stories include:

  • Veronica Aguilar, 38, was perfectly healthy when she suddenly suffered a stroke one morning. Her husband, Valentin, ran to her side after she fell to the ground and noticed that the left side of her face had dropped. Fortunately, Valentin recognized the signs of a stroke, so he immediately called 911. The paramedics arrived in 10 minutes, and upon Veronica’s arrival at Kaiser Permanente Fontana (Calif.) Medical Center, her care team worked quickly to administer an intravenous clot-buster. Within two hours, Veronica had already regained her ability to speak. One week later, Veronica left the hospital with absolutely no physical signs of ever having suffered a stroke. She believes both Valentin’s quick thinking and her care team’s quick action saved her from suffering further damage. “I want to say thank you to Kaiser (Permanente) Fontana for being there at the right time for me.”
         Find out more about Veronica’s care story »




More December stories:

Launched in July 2011, Care Stories is a collection of first-person video narratives from Kaiser Permanente members talking about their own care in their own words, unscripted and uncompensated.

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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, our 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 9 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal 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: www.kp.org/newscenter.