June 11, 2019

Working together to deliver inclusive, high-quality care

Kaiser Permanente to serve as official health partner for Special Olympics Washington.

Everybody needs access to health care to meet their individual needs. That’s why Special Olympics Washington is proud to announce Kaiser Permanente as its official health partner. As the presenting sponsor of Special Olympics Washington’s Healthy Athletes and Healthy Communities programs, Kaiser Permanente will provide health care screenings, on-site medical services, and other support for athletes, coaches, and fans.

“Kaiser Permanente provides each of our patients and members with world-class care that best meets their needs,” said Susan Mullaney, regional president for Kaiser Permanente in Washington. “As the official health partner of Special Olympics Washington, we help ensure people with intellectual disabilities have access to inclusive, high-quality care. We are proud of our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics Washington and the incredible athletes, coaches, and fans.”

Despite severe need and higher health risks, people with intellectual disabilities often do not have access to important health services. In addition, most health care providers receive limited training in caring for patients with intellectual disabilities, yet a disproportionate number of these patients have multiple chronic health conditions that need active care management. Kaiser Permanente’s partnership with Special Olympics Washington will help ensure that the health care challenges people with intellectual disabilities face are addressed.

“Partnered together in the Healthy Athletes and Healthy Communities programs, Special Olympics Washington and Kaiser Permanente will help address the critical health care disparity people with intellectual disabilities often face,” said Steve Tarnoff, MD, president and executive medical director of Washington Permanente Medical Group. “We are committed to educating caregivers and community members about inclusive health systems and resources.”

“One of Special Olympics Washington’s top priorities is to improve access to quality health care for people with intellectual disabilities and we couldn’t ask for a better partner than Kaiser Permanente to help fulfill this goal,” said Dave Lenox, president and CEO of Special Olympics Washington. “Kaiser Permanente shares our commitment to health, our community, and inclusion, and we look forward to our continuing partnership with them.”

Kaiser Permanente has long partnered with Special Olympics. Most recently, Kaiser Permanente was the official health partner of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games which were held in Seattle. This new 3-year agreement deepens Kaiser Permanente’s support of the powerful work of Special Olympics in Washington state.