Waneta Timmerman worried that worsening hip pain would keep her from running her beauty shop. As a hairdresser, Waneta had never been able to afford health insurance until she joined Kaiser Permanente through Colorado’s health insurance exchange. Within three months of her first visit with a Kaiser Permanente physician, Waneta was back at work and feeling great after a successful hip replacement.
Waneta’s story is one example of how Kaiser Permanente is making high-quality, affordable health care accessible to all. Find out more about how Kaiser Permanente’s 186,000 employees and 18,600 physicians dedicate themselves to the care and coverage of its members and the communities it serves in the 2015 Annual Report and Community Benefit Snapshot.
In 2015, Kaiser Permanente celebrated 70 years of dedication to the health and well-being of its members and communities. It was also a year of incredible growth. Like Waneta, more than 115,000 people joined Kaiser Permanente through public health insurance exchanges and, for the first time, Kaiser Permanente membership surpassed 10 million.
Kaiser Permanente was recognized with the first-ever Living the Vision Award for ongoing achievement in clinical, safety and membership satisfaction scores and for continually raising the bar on quality and safety. Kaiser Permanente continues to look to the future, pushing to change the industry from one that is based primarily on fixing health problems to one centered on wellness and achieving total health of mind, body and spirit.
The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, announced in 2015, will redesign physician education around Kaiser Permanente’s care delivery model — incorporating advanced health information technology, moving beyond the traditional health care setting, acknowledging the importance of collaboration and promoting diversity and inclusion to deliver health equity.
To learn more about the many ways Kaiser Permanente is using 21st-century care, cutting-edge research, and patient-centered, environmentally friendly hospitals to support the health of its members and the communities it serves, visit about.kp.org/annualreport.