About Permanente Medicine

What is Permanente Medicine?

Permanente Medicine is the unique approach that physicians and clinicians of the eight self-governed, self-managed Permanente Medical Groups use to care for the patients and members of Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated value-based health care system.

Permanente Medicine is physician-led health care, delivered with compassion and respect, by doctors and care teams who believe in the vocation of medicine. Our whole system is designed around the patient’s needs. Our committed, passionate physicians are entirely focused on patient care, enabled to make decisions in the best interest of the patient and not hindered or influenced in any way by the business of medicine. Our practice of Permanente Medicine ensures that patients always get the treatments that are right for them and the care they deserve.

The quality and excellence of Permanente Medicine is the direct result of our seamless partnership between Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals to coordinate care and a culture of physician leadership that drives research and innovation to create value for our patients and our communities.

We, the physicians of Permanente Medicine, find our own personal and professional fulfillment through serving, healing, and doing right by patients to make a true difference in their lives and in the health of our communities.

About The Permanente Federation

The Permanente Federation (“The Federation”) is the organizing entity that represents the shared interests of the eight independent Permanente Medical Groups and their 22,000 physicians. The Federation works on behalf of the medical groups to optimize care delivery and to spread the best practices of Permanente Medicine. The Permanente Medical Groups serve as the clinical care and research partner to Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. Together, the three entities are collectively known as “Kaiser Permanente.”

The Federation, based in Oakland, Calif., fosters an open learning environment and accelerates research, innovation, and performance improvements across the medical groups to expand the reach of Kaiser Permanente’s integrated care delivery model and to lead the nation in transforming care delivery.