July 9, 2019

Kaiser Permanente celebrates 50 years in Colorado

Health plan and United Way chapters announce new volunteerism collaboration, giving back to Colorado communities.

DENVER — In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Kaiser Permanente Colorado today announced a 6-month collaboration with multiple United Way chapters on volunteer projects across the state. By harnessing the great spirit and enthusiasm of dedicated staff and physicians, the organization will mark this special occasion by giving back to the people and communities who have helped Kaiser Permanente thrive for a half-century. Since 1969, as the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, Kaiser Permanente has invested more than $1 billion in Colorado communities.

Beginning this month, hundreds of Kaiser Permanente employees and physicians will participate in various volunteer projects with Mile High United Way, Pikes Peak United Way, and the United Way of Larimer, Weld, and Pueblo counties. Kaiser Permanente hopes this occasion will serve as a reminder and inspiration for all Coloradans to get involved in community service.

“Kaiser Permanente exists to provide high-quality, affordable health care and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. Marking our historic anniversary in the community, giving back, and teaming up with these United Way chapters is our way of saying thank you for decades of support,” said Ron Vance, regional president of Kaiser Permanente in Colorado.      

For 5 decades, Kaiser Permanente has been a market leader in Colorado’s health care industry — the first in the state to offer health care and health coverage together. Today, the organization continues to serve as an industry leader, elevating the health of Coloradans through groundbreaking research, care delivery innovation, and strategic community health investments.

“We’re proud to celebrate 50 years in Colorado and we are incredibly excited to continue serving this state for many years to come,” said Vance.

Kaiser Permanente’s 50th anniversary celebration projects will run from July to December 2019 and will include providing resources to community members in need of shelter; cleaning up local parks; and providing school age children, their parents, and teachers with needed resources.

“For decades, we’ve worked hand in hand with Kaiser Permanente to bring lasting, meaningful change for our communities. We’re proud to partner on these special projects to commemorate their anniversary milestone,” said Christine Benero, president and chief executive officer of Mile High United Way.

Since opening its doors with just 700 members and 6 physicians, Kaiser Permanente Colorado has grown to provide care to more than 640,000 Coloradans at 31 medical offices, employing 1,200 physicians and more than 6,700 staff.

Kaiser Permanente is committed to leading the transformation of health and health care for Coloradans. The organization recently has made structural and operational improvements that will provide better, more affordable care, enhanced service, and increased convenience for its members. This will include expanding access to behavioral health services, adding evening and weekend hours in primary care, increasing same-day appointment access, and expanding telehealth options. The organization is also making strategic investments in ambulatory surgery centers — providing additional options for high-quality care outside the traditional hospital setting.

“Our approach to health care has become a model for the rest of the industry. We have exceptional physicians and specialists who collaborate with our care teams to deliver the best, most convenient care possible,” said Margaret Ferguson, MD, executive medical director and president of the Colorado Permanente Medical Group, which cares for the more than 640,000 members of Kaiser Permanente Colorado.

“I’m proud of all our physicians and care teams, past and present — for their dedication to our members, their relentless innovation, and tireless efforts to help generations of Coloradans thrive.”

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Nick Roper