Kaiser Permanente’s mission states that we are dedicated to improving “the health of our members and the communities we serve.” Just as our concept of “total health” goes far beyond our hospitals’ walls, our communities, like extended families, reach far and wide.
That’s why Kaiser Permanente is so often among the first to respond, with financial assistance and caring volunteers, when communities are in need. This may constitute helping staff local soup kitchens for the day, or spending a week to build homes for the homeless. It could also mean supporting volunteer medical relief workers when natural disasters leave hundreds of thousands of people desperate for basic medical services, wherever they may be — in California, in Southeast Asia, in New Orleans and the Gulf States, in Pakistan. These, too, in the broadest sense, are “our communities.”