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COVID-19 Information and Visitor Policy for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California

As part of our commitment to protect our patients and staff, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented the following in our facilities:

Masks
In counties under public order, anyone entering our facilities must wear a mask. Masks are recommended for all persons entering our facilities in all other counties. If you arrive without a mask, we’ll provide one.

Temperature Screening
Anyone entering our facilities will encounter temperature checkpoints. If you are found to have an elevated temperature you will be asked additional questions with regards to your visit and either escorted to your appointment or asked to contact your care provider.

Visitor Policy
Kaiser Permanente visitation policies are based on the state’s colored-tier system for COVID-19 activity for each county and are subject to change if a county tier status shifts.

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Central Valley Services & Hours Changes

Have COVID-19 symptoms? Call us at 866-454-8855 for advice. If you need in-person care, we can assist you.

Before you head to our facilities in the Central Valley area, be sure to check for the latest temporary changes in services, hours, and closures. Our emergency services remain open 24/7.

Update on the COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine supply is limited, and vaccination eligibility happens in phases. Each state determines the allotment of vaccine to each county, health system, or pharmacy, and the sequencing and timing of those eligible. If you’re in an eligible group or want to learn more about the vaccine, visit kp.org/covidvaccine.

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and the Kaiser Permanente Gastroenterology team in the Central Valley is using this time to help remind people of the importance of getting regular colorectal cancer screenings.

“Both men and women are at risk of getting colorectal cancer, but unfortunately only two-thirds of adults in this country are up-to-date with their preventive screening,” said Shelagh Profit, RN, Service Unit Director for GI services in the Central Valley. “Colorectal cancer typically grows slowly, so detecting it early with preventive screenings can help save a lot of lives.”

The most common screening methods are the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), an easy test you can perform at home, or a colonoscopy, generally used for those at greater risk or with a family history of colorectal cancer.

Most Kaiser Permanente members will automatically receive a FIT test in the mail shortly after their 50th birthday, and every year thereafter. If you do not receive the test, you can send a secure message to your primary physician and ask them to send you one.

“Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States — but it doesn’t have to be that way,” Profit said. “Preventive screenings are effective at helping stop cancer while it is still treatable.

More detailed information about Colorectal Cancer can be found on kp.org.

Newsweek magazine names KP Modesto to 'Best Maternity Hospitals 2021' report

The Modesto Medical Center is among 12 Kaiser Permanente Northern California medical centers that earned top marks for providing safe, high-quality care to moms and their new babies.

This is the second consecutive year Kaiser Permanente Northern California hospitals have been recognized by Newsweek magazine on its “Best Maternity Hospitals” report for meeting rigorous standards for maternity care, including low C-section rates, elective early deliveries and for following important protocols to safely protect new moms and their babies. Last year, 43,534 babies were delivered at Kaiser Permanente Northern California hospitals.

“This recognition acknowledges our commitment to exceeding the standards for excellence in maternity care as we keep our patients healthy and safe while delivering personalized care,” said Lorena Acevedo, RN, Maternal Child Health Services Director in Modesto. “Our highly skilled care teams and integrated care delivery system allow us to provide the best experience and outcomes for new parents and their babies.”

In addition to the Modesto Medical Center, these Kaiser Permanente hospitals received the “Best Maternity Hospitals 2021” designation: Antioch, Redwood City, Roseville, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, South Sacramento, Vacaville, Vallejo, and Walnut Creek.

The national designation, awarded to only 217 hospitals in the United States, and only 34 in California, identifies leading maternity care programs that have met or exceeded rigorous quality and safety standards. Kaiser Permanente has a total of 20 hospitals that received the elite designation, representing nearly 10 percent of those named to the prestigious list — and nearly 60 percent of those listed in California.

For more detail on methodology and a complete list of designated maternity care programs, visit Newsweek’s “Best Maternity Hospitals 2021.”

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