While the health care field experienced seismic change in 2013, there were a number of significant developments in care transformation, quality, leadership and more at Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health care provider. We want to give you an opportunity to recall our favorite moments from the past 12 months as we close 2013 and prepare for 2014.
- Kaiser Permanente strides forward toward a walking future. Kaiser Permanente invests in making walking a priority, creating a documentary, supporting research on physical activity, and adding exercise as a vital sign, which is captured in our electronic health records. Following research demonstrating that walking reduces dementia, improves a variety of chronic conditions, and requires little equipment.
- Kaiser Permanente launches share.kp.org, a new, mobile-friendly site to see and experience news, information, research, and more.
- While it’s hard to pick just one of the 80-plus stories to highlight in our Care Stories video blog, we’re sure that you’ll enjoy this video by Naomi Lago, two-time cancer survivor.
- Kaiser Permanente takes an innovative approach to workforce wellness, called the Total Health Incentive Plan. Including the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions and Kaiser Permanente, the plan is a collective and voluntary encouragement and empowerment for employees to make their own health a priority, and to build a culture of health in the workplace.
- Kaiser Permanente Leads in Quality: Of the 55 top urban hospitals named in the United States this year by The Leapfrog Group, 19 are Kaiser Permanente medical centers in California. It’s among many accolades in 2013 for which we’re proud.
- Kaiser Permanente ranks highest with Medicare: Kaiser Permanente Five Star Medicare Plan. All Kaiser Permanente Medicare health plans have earned 5 stars — the highest overall rating for quality and service from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The 5-star rating applies to Kaiser Permanente’s 2014 Medicare health plans that operate in California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Colorado, the Mid-Atlantic States and Georgia.
- The Launch of Thriving Schools: Kaiser Permanente’s national effort to improve the health of students, staff and teachers in K-12 schools by making the healthy choice the easy choice.
- Kaiser Permanente emerges as a leader in green building practices (LEED Certification of facilities) and green energy (U.S. EPA award for Green Power leadership).
- Kaiser Permanente launches Total Health Radio, an audio blog exploring crucial medical issues in-depth, featuring hands-on clinical experts addressing sleep, back pain and more.
These stories offer a snapshot of the activities that Kaiser Permanente has undertaken. Come back to visit share.kp.org often to hear more about our work throughout the coming year.