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About Kaiser Permanente

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Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. We currently serve approximately 9.1 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia.

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. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert medical teams are supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, care delivery and chronic disease management.

Our vision: To be the leader in Total Health by making lives better.


Annual Report
Titled “The Picture of Health,” the organization’s annual report outlines Kaiser Permanente’s work in 2012 caring for more than 9 million Americans and contributing to health research, clinical excellence and the communities the organization serves.

Center for Total Health
Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Total Health is located in Washington D.C. A unique educational venue with interactive touch-screen exhibits, state-of-the-art health technology displays and a conference center, it is a place to talk about health.

CEO Connection
Read the latest news and commentary about Bernard J. Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan.

Disparities in Health Care
Disparities in health and health care are a tragic problem in the United States — a problem that needlessly kills thousands of people every year. Kaiser Permanente is committed to eliminating disparities in health and health care. Find out how we are working toward this goal.

Executive Biographies
Find short biographies for Kaiser Permanente executives nationwide.

Fast Facts about Kaiser Permanente
Find top-level statistics and information about Kaiser Permanente.

Health Care Reform and Kaiser Permanente
Universal access to high-quality, affordable health care coverage is imperative, and we are fully committed to working with policymakers to make that goal a reality.

History Blog: ‘A History of Total Health’
The Kaiser Permanente History Blog seeks to discuss today’s health care topics and draw links to relevant events in the organization’s history. It takes its name from founding physician Dr. Sidney R. Garfield, whose last research project — Total Health — sought to understand and treat the body, mind, and spirit of Kaiser Permanente’s members.

Kaiser Permanente Health Research
Learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s research centers, which comprise one of the largest nonacademic research programs in the United States.

Kaiser Permanente’s Heritage
Learn how Kaiser Permanente has changed health care in America, starting with the innovations of Henry J. Kaiser and Sidney Garfield, MD, more than 65 years ago.

Total Health Radio
Kaiser Permanente’s Total Health Radio features podcasts of real talk with clinicians, experts and everyday people on the health topics that matter most to you and your family.

Quality Standards
Learn more about measuring care and service quality for your region or medical facility.

 


Additional Kaiser Permanente Websites of Interest
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Kaiser Permanente Brand Store
Where do people get those cool Kaiser Permanente caps and other gear? Start by looking in the brand store.

Care Management Institute
Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute (CMI) synthesizes knowledge about successful clinical approaches in order to create, implement, and evaluate effective and efficient care management programs.

Compliance
Kaiser Permanente is committed to ethical conduct, integrity in the work of every physician and employee, and compliance with all regulatory requirements. This Web site explains how.

Educational Theatre Programs
Funded by Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit organization, the Educational Theatre Program troupes work to inspire children, teens and adults to make informed decisions about their health and to build stronger, healthier neighborhoods.

The Sidney R. Garfield Health Care Innovation Center
Numerous Kaiser Permanente innovations have been tested and developed in this living health care laboratory, which was founded in 2006.

Family Violence Prevention Program
This award-winning program works to build awareness, provide care, and prevent future cases of domestic violence. The program is rolled out throughout Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California operations and has been shared with organizations and business partners nationwide.

Kaiser Permanente Health Care Interpreter
Kaiser Permanente works with with educational institutions to make sure customers have access to qualified health care interpreters, and to enhance the skills of Kaiser Permanente’s workforce.

Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy
The Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy provides a focus and resources for Kaiser Permanente to better participate in shaping the health policy agenda in the United States.

Kaiser Permanente International
Through Kaiser Permanente International, Kaiser Permanente shares its health care vision and experiences with governments, health plans, and other international organizations striving to improve their health care systems.

Labor Management Partnership
More than 120,000 employees, managers, and physicians jointly determine how care is delivered and work is done in hundreds of Kaiser Permanente facilities.

The Permanente Journal
Read this peer-reviewed journal of medical science, social science in medicine, and medical humanities.