You’d be hard pressed to find anyone in the Southland who isn’t familiar with the name of health care juggernaut Kaiser Permanente (KP). Yet few are familiar with Kaiser’s work outside of its role as one of the leading health plans in the nation. As a matter of fact, the company’s charity work with the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund is a little known feather in its cap and Colin Wong of the Metropolitan Los Angeles office thinks that’s a hallmark of the wonderful partnership between Kaiser and L.A. City firefighters.
“Kaiser Permanente has a long-standing relationship with the LAFD as a health care provider, so when the charity reached out to us to get involved, we were happy to say yes,” shares Colin, an Account Manager. What most people don’t know is that in order for KP to participate in any charity work, the company has to go through a multi-layered approval process, so the eagerness to continue working with Widows & Orphans just proves how much KP enjoys the collaboration.
Kaiser Permanente is particularly excited to participate each year in the LAFD Invitational golf tournament as a Greater Alarm Sponsor, sending its employees, including Account Manager Chris. C. Hidalgo, to hit the links alongside firefighters. “They have a great time,” Colin said.
Colin said KP works with quite a few charities because giving back is deeply rooted in the company culture. “As part of our mission, we deal with a number of non-profit organizations. Widows & Orphans is one we’re particularly delighted with…we want to make sure all eyes are on the charity. That is apart of our goal,” Colin explains.
To learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s history, new services and current options, please visit kp.org.
By Candace Nicholson