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Get Ready to Shake Out

Get Ready to Shake Out
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San Rafael Medical Center is participating in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

October 17th at 10:17 a.m.

When the earthquake drill begins:

  • DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees.
  • This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.


  • COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand
  • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter
  • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows)
  • Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs


  • HOLD ON until shaking stops
  • Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts
  • No shelter: hold onto your head and neck with both arms and hands.

When the drill is over. Visit for simple steps to help you survive and recover from a major earthquake, including how to secure your space.
Thank you for taking part in ShakeOut!


PG&E Power Outage Update

For public safety, it may be necessary for PG&E to turn off electricity in certain locations for several days as a heightened fire risk is forecasted due to high winds and dry conditions. This is called a “Public Safety Power Shutoff” or “PSPS.”

Kaiser Permanente is committed to the health and safety of our members, patients, and employees. We have the contingency plans in place for planned and unplanned power disruptions. The utility companies will provide direct communications to us prior to, during, and after a PSPS event.

All Kaiser Permanente hospitals will remain open as they have emergency generators. However, an outage may affect some outpatient medical offices and require rescheduling certain services in some areas.

1650 Los Gamos Construction Update

Construction Update

Starting July 30, there will be construction of a new Parking Structure on the west side of Los Gamos across the street from the future Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices at 1650 Los Gamos Drive in San Rafael.

To learn more about construction activity, please click here.

San Rafael Medical Center Earns Prestigious National Cancer Center Accreditation

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted three-year accreditation to the Kaiser Permanente San Rafael cancer program.

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring
of comprehensive quality care. To earn CoC accreditation, hospital cancer programs must meet 34 quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered cancer care.

San Rafael Medical Center has been designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, which means it cares for 500 or more newly diagnosed cancer cases each year, provides a full range of diagnostic and treatment services, and participates in cancer-related clinical research.

CoC-accredited cancer centers must also demonstrate a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases. This requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists.

“This accreditation follows several years of dedicated work by a highly skilled, multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, and staff,” said Naveen Kumar, MD, Physician-in-Chief, Kaiser Permanente San Rafael. “We are very proud of the team’s success in meeting or exceeding rigorous quality standards set by the Commission on Cancer.”

When patients receive care at a CoC-accredited facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services—including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents each patient’s care and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

“Earning this accreditation means that our patients and their loved ones who face a cancer diagnosis are assured of receiving the most advanced cancer care available, from skilled and compassionate professionals,” said Judy Coffey, RN, Senior Vice President & Area Manager for Kaiser Permanente Marin-Sonoma. “Providing this kind of exceptional care enhances the health of our entire community.”

“We are proud to have the great care we provide in our new Cancer Center on Las Gallinas in San Rafael confirmed with CoC accreditation,” added Pat Kendall, RN, Medical Group Administrator and Cancer Program Administrator at San Rafael Medical Center. “And we are committed to providing this recognized excellence for our community, along with Marin General Hospital.”

The CoC was established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons as a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons.  For more information, visit:

Video Visits Help a Family Through Crisis

Kaiser Permanente offers members many options for connecting with their doctors, including convenient video visit appointments. Video visits helped the Fegraus family through an unfortunate accident with nine-month-old Emma that turned the family’s life upside-down.

It was an unfortunate accident that turned the Fegraus family’s life upside-down. Over breakfast one morning, nine-month old Emma accidentally pulled a cup full of scalding hot tea onto her chest and lap. “I was terrified,” said her mother, Laura.

Emma was rushed to the emergency room at Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center, where, thankfully, her injuries were deemed non-life threatening. As soon as she was discharged the next morning, Emma’s pediatrician,Richard Dow, MD, quickly made arrangements for renowned burn specialist, Clyde Ikeda, MD based at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center to care for her in the crucial days following the accident.

On the first trip from their home in San Rafael to see Dr. Ikeda, the Fegraus family quickly realized how time-consuming it would be to meet with Dr. Ikeda for all of Emma’s follow-up appointments. “It was stressful because we had an infant with an injury in the car,” said Laura.

Read the full story on the Kaiser Permanente Cares website.

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