Kaiser Permanente is an American healthcare provider headquartered in Oakland, California. The company offers individual, family, Medicare, and employer-sponsored health insurance and medical services. Kaiser Permanente also owns and operates hospitals, medical centers, and offices in nine states and the District of Columbia.
Customers of Kaiser Permanente can choose between a variety of prepaid health plans on an individual and family basis. Employers can also contract with the company to provide insurance to their workforce, customized for client companies’ size and location. These insurance services are provided by the Kaiser Foundation Health Plans (KFHP) division of the company. KFHP insurance provides health services via company-owned medical centers and hospitals as well as affiliated facilities. Kaiser Permanente also sponsors Permanente Medical Groups, medical care organizations that are owned and operated by physicians.
In 1933, Dr. Sidney R. Garfield operated a small hospital, in partnership with Industrial Indemnity, to provide construction workers with healthcare and insurance. The Kaiser Company, which was a component of Industrial Indemnity, later contracted Garfield to repeat the process with other building projects. The success of these projects led Garfield to open Sidney R. Garfield & Associates in 1942, forming the predecessor of Kaiser Permanente. After many years of acquisitions, the company has reached almost 9 million health plan members and over 600 medical facilities in the U.S.
Kaiser Permanente is a nonprofit company, with the exception of the Permanente Medical Groups. The company offers a wide variety of jobs for medical professionals, from nursing to hospital management. Opportunities in corporate fields, such as accounting or sales, are also available.