This week’s photograph is a birthday/anniversary celebration.
The 3rd Birthday – Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health @KPTotalHealth
We made it to year 4!
Keith (@KMontgomeryNDC) Yen (@YenGreene) Erin (@Erinm81) and I together represent the Permanente Medical Groups and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan partnership in a cross-influence, creative-creation kind of way to support Total Health.
- As Erin was writing the official birthday blog post Today is Our Birthday! | Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health she asked us for our most memorable moments, and I’d categorize them like this:
- The Center spurred new innovation, like Regina Holliday’s The Walking Gallery. Human being trumps human doing : DC Health Innovation Week recap | Ted Eytan, MD
- The Center celebrated innovation that’s changed our society forever, like the women who worked in Henry J. Kaiser’s shipyards. Photo Friday: Yes they could shatter glass ceilings. Meeting the women of the Kaiser shipyards | Ted Eytan, MD
- The Center encouraged the hearts of those with hoped-for innovation (including mine), like the Transgender Health Care Dialogue | Ted Eytan, MD
Add in the conversations about healthy food, transportation, the amazing code-a-thons, the personal stories of health and health care, and I think of it as a “Social Innovation Center.” Social innovation is really the new HIT 🙂 .
The 5th Anniversary – mine – with The Permanente Federation, LLC, part of Kaiser Permanente
I keep forgetting to post this, but since I tweeted about the day I started (and I kind of can’t believe I did that, oh well -> New Position | Ted Eytan, MD), I should probably enter into the record the fact that I’m still here, 5 years later, working for the Permanente Medical Groups, as of 2013.
Before I came to Kaiser Permanente I saw its scope as unfathomable, and to an extent, I still do. I’ve officially been a Permanente physician for 13 years (16 if you add residency), and really, I’d do it again in a heartbeat, and that’s kind of obvious if you read this blog. Not because I find perfection every moment of the day, more because I find an incredible human spirit every moment of the day, and the willingness to support the spirit that creates the things above. And I can’t believe that I have the privilege of being a descendant of the women from the Kaiser shipyards…
Here’s a cupcake shot. The future is still sweet, and it is linked to yet another innovation (in its only slightly larger and more icing laden healthy reduced portion size – it’s a birthday…) – a healthy food policy that Erin Meade curated at the Center for Total Health, that will join the rest of Kaiser Permanente May 1, 2014.