Navigation Links
Kaiser Permanente Team Builds Prosthetic Hands for Charity
Date:3/10/2008

OAKLAND, Calif., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 120 members of the national Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect(TM) team today provided a helping hand to amputees with the donation of 60 prosthetic hands to victims of land mine accidents.

In partnership with Odyssey Helping Hands, an organization devoted to facilitating philanthropic team building, a four-hour workshop was held in which Kaiser Permanente participants were challenged to assemble new, highly functional, prosthetic hands for distribution to children in developing nations who have lost limbs as a result of land mine explosions.

KP HealthConnect(TM) is the world's largest civilian electronic health records project. KP HealthConnect(TM) links people securely to their health care teams, their personal health information, and the latest medical knowledge -- taking advantage of Kaiser Permanente's integrated approach to health care.

The idea to participate came about when leaders were planning a meeting for the national KP HealthConnect(TM) team. Searching for an unconventional way to build camaraderie among employees and find more effective ways of delivering services to their customers, Lisa Caplan, vice president of the KP HealthConnect(TM) Business Team, also hoped to produce something that could be returned to the community and provide aid to those in need.

"It is so easy to lose sight of the importance of what we do here at Kaiser Permanente and I felt that the exercise with Odyssey Helping Hands would really bring that point home and resonate with the KP HealthConnect(TM) team members," said Caplan. "I also wanted to make sure that we did something meaningful and tangible so everyone could walk away knowing they changed people's lives during the course of what would normally be a typical meeting or workday."

The workshop combines curriculum, activities and keynote addresses with the cooperative problem-solving exercise of actually assembling the prosthetics.

"It is an amazing experience to see the looks on peoples' faces when they realize that they are building something that will allow amputees to do things that we take for granted every day, such as writing, typing and even eating with standard utensils," said John Arntz, a facilitator of the workshop. "Participants can then apply the lessons learned to their personal work environments with a newfound appreciation of their support systems and the end result of their work."

The activity allows participants to deliver what would typically cost thousands of dollars to recipients free of charge.

Unfortunately, the need is prevalent. The United Nations estimates that there are 100 million 'active' land mines in 60 countries, and 250 million more that are stockpiled and ready to deploy. There are approximately 2,000 land mine accidents every month, with 75 percent of mine blast survivors injured to a degree that requires at least one amputation.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated health plan. Founded in 1945, it is a not-for-profit, group practice program headquartered in Oakland, Calif. Kaiser Permanente serves 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Today it encompasses the not-for-profit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the for-profit Permanente Medical Groups. Nationwide, Kaiser Permanente includes approximately 159,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and more than 13,000 physicians representing all specialties. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit the KP News Center at: http://xnet.kp.org/newscenter
http://www.kaiserpermanente.org


'/>"/>
SOURCE Kaiser Permanente
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Webcast Alert: Kaiser Permanente Residency Program Open House
2. Kaiser Permanente Achieves Climate Action Leader Status
3. Kaiser Permanente study: Alcohol amount, not type -- wine, beer, liquor -- triggers breast cancer
4. Kaiser Permanente Study Shows Alcohol Consumption - No Matter Beverage Type - Linked to Breast Cancer Risk
5. Kaiser Permanente Study Shows One in Seven Women are Depressed Before, During, or After Pregnancy
6. Kaiser Permanente Named Green Electronics Champion by EPA, Green Electronics Council
7. WellBound Teams With Kaiser Permanente to Open New Self-Care Dialysis Center in Sacramento, CA
8. Kaiser Permanente Joins With Top Health Care Groups to Create Healthier Hospital Environments
9. Kaiser Permanente study shows electronic medical records and outreach improve osteoporosis care
10. Kaiser Permanente CEO Receives Diversity Leadership Award
11. Kaiser Permanente and Golden State Warriors Team Up to Fight Childhood Obesity
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/19/2017)... Charleston, South Carolina (PRWEB) , ... February 19, 2017 , ... ... class of evening undergraduate nursing students, is being led by Amelia Joseph, Ph.D. Joseph ... direct the initial operations of the nursing department in early 2016. After a nation-wide ...
(Date:2/19/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 19, 2017 , ... ProBrand Glitch is a set of 30 ... ProBrand Glitch users can easily reveal any logo with a glitch reveal in just a ... control over the style and animation of each preset. Use these presets to add a ...
(Date:2/19/2017)... ... February 19, 2017 , ... ... healthcare, will join forces with Healthwise ® at HIMSS 2017 ... industry leader in evidence-based health education, technology and services, will demonstrate a voice-powered ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... Focused start-ups, not ... the industry, according to the recent NEJM Catalyst Insights Report on the New ... NEJM Catalyst Insights Council, a qualified group of U.S. executives, clinical leaders, and ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... ... drvallecillos.com , Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Glenn Vallecillos experiments ... Dr. Vallecillos says, "Traditionally, plastic surgery has been centered around that idea that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/20/2017)... 21, 2017 Taiwan Biophotonic Co. (tBPC), a ... vital signs sensing solutions, today announced the CE Marking ... pulse oximeter, the oCare TM Pro 100, which is ... medical devices space.  tBPC,s Wrist Pulse Oximeter, ... simple and reliable method to measure and record heart ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... , Feb. 20, 2017 Provides understanding ... agreements entered into by the worlds leading healthcare ... Description The Global Anemia Partnering Terms ... access to partnering deals and agreements entered into ... - Trends in partnering deals - Top ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... , Feb. 20, 2017  This Report analyzes the worldwide ... Dosage Forms: Injectables, Solid Dosage Forms, and Liquid & Semi-solid Dosage ... Canada , Japan , ... World. Read the full report: http://www.reportlinker.com/p04707109-summary/view-report.html ... Annual estimates ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: