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Kaiser Foundation of the Northwest

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 members' requirements.

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.


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