Special Olympics recently announced that Kaiser Permanente will serve as its Official Health Partner for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. The Games will be held July 1–6, 2018, with nearly 3,500 athletes, 1,000 coaches, and tens of thousands of volunteers and spectators in attendance.
“Kaiser Permanente brings a unique approach to care through our world-class care delivery, and we’re excited to support the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games and to help address the critical health care disparity people with intellectual disabilities often face,” says Susan Mullaney, president, Kaiser Permanente Washington.
“The physicians, care teams, and employees who make up the Kaiser Permanente family are eager to lend their support as volunteers for this amazing event,” Mullaney adds. “Their commitment will help ensure the athletes competing receive the health care and medical support they need to perform at their best at the Games and beyond.”
A Kaiser Permanente physician will serve as chief medical director of the event. That role directs volunteer recruitment for the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program, as well as on-site medical services throughout the 2018 USA Games. The Healthy Athletes program promotes increased health and fitness for athletes through dental, vision, hearing, foot, and general health exams and education.
“Our role as Official Health Partner for the 2018 USA Games highlights much of what Kaiser Permanente stands for, such as embracing diversity and inclusion, strengthening the overall health of our communities, and supporting individuals in their quest for total health,” says Steve Tarnoff, MD, president, Washington Permanente Medical Group.
Kaiser Permanente has supported Special Olympics in communities across the country for many years and served as Founding Champion and Official Health Partner of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.