Financial Support Group North Valley female retired physicians
TPMG Retiree Group Napa Upcoming Luncheons
Invitation for Veterans Donation of unwanted computers
Request for Information Sail on San Francisco Bay
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Sail on San Francisco Bay (posted 8/19/19)


Mark Blum is a retired hospice and palliative medicine physician from Sacramento who enjoys sailing his Beneteau 38, Shangri-La, out of Emery Cove Marina in Emeryville. He invites other TPMG retirees (along with their spouses, SO’s, etc.) to join him for sailing on SF Bay. He usually sails on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday, starting in the late morning with a stop for lunch, ending in late afternoon. Both experienced and novice sailors are welcome. No financial obligation is expected. If you would like to join the crew of Shangri-La please contact Mark at <>.

During the sailing season, Mark may announce planned sailing dates perhaps 1-2 months in advance, giving people the opportunity to secure a spot on the boat. Here are dates for October and November, perhaps the last until next year:

Wed Oct 2. This will be a special evening sail. We’ll start a little later, meeting at the boat at noon. Then (tentatively) we will sail to Clipper Cove, Treasure Island for lunch. After lunch we’ll sail the bay with the goal of arriving at Sam’s Cafe in Tiburon for dinner around 6. After dinner we will sail back to Emeryville. It will be dark, and possibly cold, by the time we arrive back in Emeryville. Don’t expect to be off the boat before 2130-2200 and possibly later.

Fri Oct 11

Tue Oct 22

Mon Nov 18

Mon Nov 25

Financial Support Group (posted 1/8/19)

We received a suggestion from Harold R. Mancusi-Ungaro, Jr. <> for promoting the idea of people forming a support group around the idea of dealing with personal finances after significant life changes. Would there be an interest in the group to set up a support group in the event that a widowed spouse needs help with wading through electronic records [or any records, for that matter]?

TPMG Retiree Group Napa (posted 1/8/19)

Bonnie Richardson, a retired TPMG family physician, would like to form a local TPMG retiree group in Napa.  She is planning to host a lunch meeting in the near future.  If you would be interested in joining such a group or hearing about meetings, please contact Bonnie at or call or text her at 707 287 8248.

Invitation for Veterans to Share Their Experiences (posted 11/9/18)

The armed forces include health care professionals whose medical service exemplifies the highest levels of sacrifice and bravery. Dan Golenternek, MD, pre-TPMG Permanente Oakland physician was one of them.

Newsletter editor Ken Berniker would like to highlight some of the military experience of our members. He invites any retirees to share their experiences serving in the military, whether medical or not. Send any items to <>.

Request for info on French Campus and TPMG Forum Newsletters (posted 6/2/19)

Lincoln Cushing seeks photos and information on the establishment of the French Campus in SF. He’s also trying to assemble an archival collection of the TPMG Forum newsletters, and it’s been very tough finding copies from when it began (around 1988) to 2000. If you can help, please contact Lincoln.

Lincoln Cushing
Archivist and Historian
Kaiser Permanente Communications
One Kaiser Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
office 510-267-7620
cell    510-387-2996

Request for Information (posted 9/14/18):

Rich Aptaker DO is a recent retiree who was appointed chief of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the KP San Francico facility in 1993, where he served for the next seven years. He wonders whether he was the first osteopathic physician to be appointed chief of PM&R at TPMG, or any PMG for that matter? And might he have been the first DO chief of ANY department at TPMG back in 1993?

Rich notes that there was strong political and medical discrimination against osteopathic physicians in CA in the 1960s/70s, which “ended” with a CA State Supreme Court ruling in 1974. But the discrimination lingered into the 80s/early 90s which is why his appointment potentially is of significance.

If you can provide information on this, please contact <> .

North Valley female retired physicians (posted 10/10/17):

A group in the Sacramento area gets together quarterly to enjoy lunch and other activities (museums, art galleries, cooking class, potlucks, etc). For more info contact

Upcoming Luncheons:

(Usually first Saturdays in Feb., Aug., Nov.; formerly second Sat. in May but this is in flux). Full details and ordering info on the Luncheon Meetings page, when the information becomes available.

Donation of unwanted computers and parts:

Tech Exchange (formerly Oakland Technology Exchange or OTX), an Oakland non-profit organization in operation for 20 years, takes donated computer equipment, refurbishes it, and then makes it available to local residents at little or no cost. Donors are entitled to tax credits, and OTX promises to scrub hard drives of all data. They seek:                                                                                                 * Desktop and laptop computers (PC and Apple) - working or not                                                           * LCD monitors                                                                                                                                                 * Keyboards and mice                                                                                                                                       * Hard drives, cables, etc.                                                                                                                            

You can check out their website <> and/or read the recent write-up about them in the SF Chronicle <>.

Library Access

NOTE: "Loansome Doc" was retired July 1, 2019, due to limited use. The website <> offers some alternatives:

Other Library Access: At least one of our members subscribes to DeepDyve and finds it very useful. He has an annual subscription for $180.

Check out KP's website:

This is the public relations website for Kaiser Permanente. It also links to medical news, and Community Benefit and grant instructions, in case you're connected to a nonprofit that seeks funding. Another site worth checking is: for more heart-warming news about the organization.