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Kaiser Foundation of the
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of The Northwest is a subsidiary
of Kaiser Permanente, a leading health insurance organization in
the United States. Kaiser Foundation is an HMO or Health Maintenance
Organization, which provides health care insurance and related services
to more then 485,000 members from about 800 doctors at over 40 hospitals
and medical centers located in Oregon and Southwest Washington State.
It is the only Kaiser organization that also offers dental benefits.
Kaiser Foundation Health Plans have an integrated care model, offering
both hospital and physician care through a network of hospitals
and physician practices operating under the Kaiser name in nine
states and the District of Columbia. It employs about 1,500 people.
Kaiser Permanente is composed of Kaiser Foundation Health Plans
(nonprofit, public-benefit corporations), Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
(a nonprofit, public-benefit corporation), and the Permanente Medical
Groups (for-profit professional organizations).
Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is the largest nonprofit health
plan in the United States and it aspires to be the world leader
in improving health through high-quality, affordable, integrated
health care. It is renowned for its strong social commitment, its
physicians’ responsibility for clinical care, and an enduring
partnership between the Health Plan and their medical groups.
Kaiser Permanente is an integrated health delivery system, which
provides and coordinates the entire scope of care for their members,
including: preventive care, well-baby and prenatal care, immunizations,
emergency care, screening diagnostics, hospital and medical services
and pharmacy services. Being a nonprofit health plan, Kaiser Permanente
is focused on the needs of their members rather than the needs of
shareholders. It also believes that it does have a responsibility
of serving the communities in which it operates. Among its community
are: providing assistance to the uninsured and special populations,
training new health professionals, introducing new delivery methods
into the health care field and developing and sharing better ways
of caring for patients.
Kaiser Permanente’s Northwest Region includes Northwest Permanente,
the for-profit physician group that provides all medical services;
Permanente Dental Associates, the for-profit organization that manages
the professional aspects of the dental care delivery system; Kaiser
Foundation Health Plan, a nonprofit corporation that enrolls individual
and group members and looks after their health care benefits; and
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, a nonprofit corporation which contracts
with Health Plan to provide all hospital services required to meet
The Northwest Region is also home to one Kaiser Permanente hospital,
26 outpatient facilities, 14 dental offices and 11 administrative
offices. Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research, which is
well known for its major research studies and clinical trials, is
also located there.
Nearly 442,000 members in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington
seek the help of Kaiser Permanente for progressive health care services
that are administered from Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center
in the Portland metropolitan area and provided by affiliated hospitals
in Portland and Southwest Washington. Patients residing in Salem,
Oregon, and Longview-Kelso, Washington, visit its contracted community
hospitals in their areas.
Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region has been ranked #5 of Oregon's
100 Best Companies to Work For. In National Committee for Quality
Assurance (NCQA)'s The State of Health Care Quality 2003, Kaiser’s
Northwest region rated in the Pacific region's top 5 on clinical
measures of quality care.