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Press Releases: Ohio

January 14, 2009

Kaiser Permanente Ohio Volunteers Offer Service on MLK Junior Day

CLEVELAND – Kaiser Permanente will once again honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a day of volunteering on Monday, Jan. 19. This special day provides employees and physicians with the opportunity to volunteer at designated community organizations in a meaningful way, without compromising our ability to provide essential services or access to care for members. This year, our employees and physicians are invited to participating with the following organizations:

Cleveland Area Opportunities:

Mather Day Care Center
9203 Union Avenue

The Mather Day Care Center is run by the Center for Families and Children. Volunteers will be painting and cleaning.

Veggie U
Woodrick Conference Room
Regional Service Center in Brooklyn Heights

Volunteers will be repackaging bulk seeds into smaller envelopes that will be included in Veggie U education kits distributed to fourth graders and special education and autistic children. The kits help the students learn about nutrition and also help teach them about sustainable agriculture, the different parts of plants, and about plant growth. Questions about plants and plant growth are part of the academic achievement test required by the State of Ohio for all children.

Akron Area Opportunities:

Haven of Rest
175 East Market Street Akron, Ohio

Haven of Rest provides services to homeless men, women, and children.

Hattie Larlham
9772 Diagonal Road
Mantua, Ohio

Hattie Larlham is a non-profit organization that provides care to 1,500 children and adults with mental retardation or developmental disabilities. Volunteers will be split into two teams. One team will be cleaning a basement at a facility and one will be cleaning a garage at another facility. All volunteers will eat lunch at the Hattie Cafe and welcome residents to the cafe and help them to and from vehicles.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated health care delivery system. Founded in 1945, it is a group practice prepayment program headquartered in Oakland, California. Kaiser Permanente serves the health care needs of 8.6 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. It encompasses the not-for-profit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the Permanente Medical Groups. Nationwide, Kaiser Permanente includes approximately 165,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and more than 14,000 physicians representing all specialties. The system's Labor Management Partnership is the largest health care labor-management partnership in the United States. It governs how workers, managers, physicians and dentists work together to make Kaiser Permanente the best place to receive care, and the best place to work. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit the Kaiser Permanente News Center at: www.kp.org/newscenter.

In northeast Ohio, Kaiser Permanente addresses the health care needs of approximately 140,000 members in a nine county area. Services are provided by more than 180 Ohio Permanente Medical Group physicians, 3,000 network affiliated physicians and more than 1,900 non-physician employees. In 2009, Kaiser Permanente of Ohio celebrates 45 years of providing care in northeast Ohio.

For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit the KP News Center at: http://xnet.kp.org/newscenter.