Purposeful difference

From the very beginning, we have thought about medicine differently.

In partnership with the Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, the Permanente Medical Groups and our Permanente physicians innovate, educate, listen, and collaborate to lead the way in transforming health care in America. Our patients benefit from Permanente Medicine – person-centered, high-quality care that embraces the latest innovations in medicine and is supported by an integrated care delivery model. Together, we are Kaiser Permanente.

Our beliefs

Permanente Medicine means fulfilling the promise of medicine.

Through our unique approach to the entirety of health, we deliver the focused, personalized care that we would want for our loved ones and ourselves. Our team-based care lets us build healthier communities, patient by patient, person by person.

At our core, we celebrate the idea of “respect” and how we apply this to everyone and everything around us – patients, physicians, our communities, and our environment. This drives our decisions, and allows us to work with a collaborative spirit and an unbounded enthusiasm to do the right thing for our patients and for each other.

We strongly believe that our unique approach to medicine can impact the future of health care. The work that we do, in service of one patient, has the potential to change countless lives. Our focus on populations and care in the communities that we serve have made us an industry leader throughout the nation.

This is medicine we believe in. This is Permanente Medicine.

Fast facts



Non-physician staff

Million members served

Medical offices and other facilities


States and DC locations

Care that sets the bar

The Kaiser Foundation Health Plans have No. 1 ratings in 34 care measures ranked by the National Committee for Quality Assurance – the most of any health plan in the country.

Star power

All Kaiser Permanente regions earned the highest 5 stars for excellent care from the Centers for Medical & Medicaid Services.

Hospitals that excel

All 38 of Kaiser Permanente’s eligible hospitals received the “Get With the Guidelines” award* for hospitals demonstrating a high commitment to improving patient outcomes in stroke care.
* Presented by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

The Permanente Medical Groups

The Permanente Medical Groups (PMGs) are self-governed, physician-led, prepaid, multispecialty medical groups composed of more than 23,000 physicians. We’re dedicated to the mission of improving the health of our patients and communities. Together with the Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, we are Kaiser Permanente – an award-winning health care system that delivers Permanente Medicine to more than 12.5 million Kaiser Permanente members.

The PMGs work collaboratively, enabled by state-of-the-art technology, to provide preventive and world-class complex care in eight states – from Hawaii to Maryland – and the District of Columbia.