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September 25, 2007 > Healthy gladioli lead to a "thriving" medical community

Healthy gladioli lead to a "thriving" medical community

Kaiser Permanente Fremont Medical Center Hospital celebrated its five year anniversary on Friday, September 21 in the medical complex courtyard. The hospital was preceded by the construction and occupancy of five medical office buildings, the first of which was the Mission building housing internal medicine, general medicine and pediatrics. In her introduction to the group of dignitaries, staff and interested citizens who gathered to celebrate, Public Affairs Director Debra Lambert noted that the land which once nurtured Gladiolus fields has since the hospital's opening in 2002, been an important addition to medical facilities serving southern Alameda County.

The hospital began with approximately 125 physicians and 1400 staff members and 130 volunteers. In the intervening years, this number has grown to 180 physicians, 1,650 staff and hundreds of volunteers serving 88,000 members. Senior Vice President and Area Manager for Southern Alameda County Colleen McKeown noted that Kaiser Fremont Medical Center is recognized by The American Stroke Association with the "Get with the Guidelines" program, a stroke performance achievement award. Fremont is the first Kaiser Permanente Hospital in the nation to receive this award. Also, mentioned was the Women's Center for Excellence for Cultural Competent Care launched by Fremont and Hayward facilities. She completed her remarks by noting, "There is so much to be proud of in a very short period of time."

Also present and speaking at the ceremonies was Victoria O'Gorman, Medical Group Administrator, Kaiser Permanente Southern Alameda County who noted that the Fremont facility has the only open MRI in Northern California Kaiser Permanente. She lauded the state-of-the-art facilities saying, "Helping people is what we do." Wade Nogy, Chief Operating Officer, Kaiser Permanente Southern Alameda County spoke of the complexity of the organization and how well staff has integrated the vast variety of functions necessary for excellent patient care. Presentations were made by Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman, California State Senator Ellen Corbett and a representative of State Assembly member, Alberto Torrico followed by sampling of a birthday cake! Happy Birthday, Kaiser Hospital.

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