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50 years of keeping Colorado healthy

With a radically simple idea that everyone deserves the chance to live a healthy life, Henry J. Kaiser and Dr. Sidney Garfield partnered to revolutionize health care and launch Kaiser Permanente in 1945. The Kaiser Permanente difference – care and coverage offered together – quickly caught on, pushing Kaiser Permanente to the Rocky Mountains.

On July 1, 1969, we opened our doors in Denver. Today, Kaiser Permanente Colorado is made up of more than 640,000 members, 1,200 physicians, 6,700 employees and 31 medical offices. Our unwavering commitment to keeping Colorado healthy remains.

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We believe that health isn’t an industry. It’s our mission. And together with partners across the state, we’re living out our mission to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.

Colorado is a great place to work and an even better place to live. Kaiser Permanente is here to stay. We’re proud of where we’ve been and excited about where we’re headed – keeping Colorado healthy for another 50 years.

50 years of memories

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We are in this toegther mural being painted to fight mental health stigma
doctor holding and smiling at a newborn baby
colfax marathon start line
black and white picture of a nurse
doctors in front of a kaiser permanente office
people in costumes performing
a tall building
kaiser permanente marching at pride
inspirational mural
black and white picture of men giving out christmas gifts to hospital patients
black and white picture of doctors having a discussion
woman dressed up as broccoli for a kaiser permanente thrive event
adults and kids painting a mural
parents and kids dressed as cat in the hat
black and white picture of a doctor performing a procedure
table event for stopping obesity
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  • two people on bicycles highfiving

    Former Kaiser Permanente Colorado President Donna Lynne and former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper celebrate the launch of Denver B-cycle, the first large-scale citywide bike sharing program in the U.S.

  • We are in this toegther mural being painted to fight mental health stigma

    This Kaiser Permanente Find Your Words mental health mural in Colorado Springs was commissioned in 2017.

  • doctor holding and smiling at a newborn baby

    Kaiser Permanente physicians are recognized as Top Docs by their peers year after year.

  • colfax marathon start line

    We’re proud to be the lead sponsor of the Colfax Marathon, Denver’s signature race.

  • black and white picture of a nurse

    Rosie Sarvine was recognized as the Kaiser Permanente  East Employee of the Season in 1986.

  • We love interacting with Colorado kids in programs offered through our Educational Theatre Program and Thriving Schools campaign.

  • doctors in front of a kaiser permanente office

    Kaiser Permanente pediatrician, Megan Lederer, M.D., followed in her father’s footsteps when she decided to go into medicine. Dr. Robert Lederer practiced with Kaiser Permanente for more than 40 years.

  • people in costumes performing

    Actors with the Kaiser Permanente Educational Theater Program have been strengthening the health of Colorado communities through the arts for more than 35 years.  Here, a group of Colorado kids are engaged in a performance of Health Team 4.

  • a tall building

    With six physicians and 712 members, we leased two floors of our Franklin medical office upon opening in 1969.

  • kaiser permanente marching at pride

    Kaiser Permanente stands strong in our commitment to equity and inclusion for all. Diversity, inclusion, acceptance and equity are our top priorities for our employees, patients and the communities we serve.

  • inspirational mural

    This Find Your Words mural appears along Broadway St. in downtown Denver.

  • black and white picture of men giving out christmas gifts to hospital patients

    Less than 10 years after expanding to Colorado, we celebrate our 50,000th member in 1978.

  • black and white picture of doctors having a discussion

    Our early physicians were instrumental in Kaiser Permanente’s rapid success and growth in Colorado.

  • woman dressed up as broccoli for a kaiser permanente thrive event

    Chris P. Broccoli helps educate Coloradans on the importance of eating your veggies and filling up on healthy foods!

  • adults and kids painting a mural

    A team of local artists and children assist in the creation of our Pueblo Find Your Words mural.

  • parents and kids dressed as cat in the hat

    Since 1969, we’ve invested over $1 billion in Colorado communities. We do this through sponsorships, grant funding and employee participation in community events.

  • black and white picture of a doctor performing a procedure

    We’ve been committed to the health and well-being of our members since day one.

  • table event for stopping obesity

    Dozens of health-focused nonprofits and state and county programs joined us for an expo at the University of Denver’s Cable Center commemorating the premiere of HBO Documentary Films’ Weight of the Nation in 2012.

  • executives taking a group photo

    Our medical offices feature more than 900 pieces from 700 Colorado artists. In 2014, we commissioned a five-story display from Lyons artist John King for our Lone Tree Medical Offices.

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50 years of remarkable stories

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Nurses making house calls to help ease the transition from hospital to home with baby

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$1.5 Million Dollar Thriving Schools Mental Health Grants

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An Opioid Remedy That Works: Treat Pain And Addiction At The Same Time

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A new study by the Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research looked at how social media and the internet influence pregnant women's decisions to vaccinate their children

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First successful separation of conjoined twins in Colorado by Kaiser Permanente Physicians

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Find Your Words Mural 50-foot, spray-painted mural in downtown Colorado Springs aims to help eliminate mental health stigma

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