The Southeast Permanente Medical Group

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is an integral part of Kaiser Permanente. Our physicians can coordinate virtually every aspect of patient care - from referrals to laboratory tests to medications. With everything under one umbrella, our patients receive the highest continuity of care.

NCQA Names Kaiser Permanente Georgia Top-Ranked Health Plan in the State

Atlanta, GA (September 25, 2012) — Kaiser Permanente Georgia has been named the highest ranked commercial health plan in the state for the eighth consecutive year, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Kaiser Permanente Georgia ranked 36th among 474 plans nationwide, climbing 16 spots in the past year.

NCQA, managed care’s major accrediting body, evaluates health plans based on customer satisfaction, treatment and prevention. The data is analyzed and converted to scores from zero to 100. Kaiser Permanente Georgia scored 86.8, ranking the plan 161 spots above any other private health plan in the state.

The national rankings are based upon three categories of performance: prevention and treatment, consumer satisfaction and NCQA accreditation. On a 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the highest, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia earned a 5 in prevention, a 4 in treatment, and a 4 in consumer satisfaction. Top scores were received in the following preventive care categories:

  • Adolescent immunizations
  • Body Mass Index percentile assessment
  • Nutrition and physical activity counseling
  • Cervical cancer screening
  • Counseling on nutrition
  • Adult BMI assessment
  • Chlamydia screening

“NCQA is the gold standard in measuring care and service,” said Kerry W.  Kohnen, president of Kaiser Permanente Georgia. "This ranking shows that we are setting the pace for high quality health care in Georgia. The real winners are our members and the communities we serve.”

“Our ranking reflects the success of Kaiser Permanente’s coordinated care model, which is enhanced by our electronic medical record system,” said Rob Schreiner, MD, executive medical director for Kaiser Permanente Georgia. “It provides our health care teams with a complete medical history of our patients, enabling them to deliver the best care possible.”

“NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2012–2013” appears online at The rankings will also be published in a leading consumer magazine next month.

About the National Committee for Quality Assurance

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers. For more information, visit

About Kaiser Permanente Georgia

Kaiser Permanente is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, serving the health care needs of metro Atlanta and Athens-Clarke County residents. The health plan currently provides comprehensive health care services to more than 235,000 members through 29 medical facilities and a network of affiliated hospitals and physicians. For more information, visit

Kaiser Permanente of Georgia Now Offering Sports Medicine Services

Kaiser Permanente is pleased to announce that we have added Sports Medicine to the growing list of services that we now offer our metro Atlanta members.

Michael Bakheet, MD, will see patients at the Kaiser Permanente Gwinnett Medical Office on Mondays and Fridays beginning September 7. The initial focus of the department is on sports-related injuries, physicals, and nutrition consultations and procedures.

In the future, Dr. Bakheet’s scope of practice will expand and he will see members at additional medical centers.

Dr. Bakheet received his medical degree from The University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the Medical College of Georgia and his fellowship in primary care/sports care at Toledo Hospital in Toledo, OH. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Bakheet has served as team physician for numerous college and high school teams and other sporting events.

Kaiser Permanente members can schedule an appointment with Dr. Bakheet by contacting the Call Center at 404-365-0966 and requesting a sports medicine appointment. The copay for a sports medicine appointment is the same as a primary care visit.

For pediatric appointments (5 years and older), members should schedule the visit with the Gwinnett Internal Medicine department and request a sports medicine appointment.


TSPMG Internalizes Vascular Surgery

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is happy to announce that Bashar Ghosheh, MD has joined the medical group to provide Vascular Surgery care to Kaiser Permanente of Georgia members. He will see patients at the Glenlake Medical Office for consults and minor outpatient procedures. Services will focus on diagnosis and treatment of peripheral vascular conditions, such as open and endovascular treatment of carotid, aortic, and upper/lower extremity vascular conditions and varicose vein treatment. We expect to expand Vascular Surgery to the Southwood Medical Office in the near future.

Dr. Ghosheh received his medical degree from the University of Cairo (Cairo, Egypt). He completed his residency in General Surgery at The University of Mississippi and a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He is Board certified in General Surgery.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Ghosheh to TSPMG.



Helen Ward, MD, named TSPMG Senior Physician Director for Resource Stewardship

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Helen Ward, MD, has been named Senior Physician Director of Resource Stewardship. Dr. Ward, who joined the Resource Stewardship department during the summer, has demonstrated her enthusiasm and commitment to ensuring our members get the “Right care, in the Right place, at the Right time,” using the most appropriate resources. She has a passion for problem solving, a direct communication style and excellent analytic skills that are well matched to the goals of the department, and we look forward to working with her in this expanded role.



Thomas Cooney, MD Named TSPMG Inpatient Resource Stewardship Director

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Thomas Cooney, MD has been named Inpatient Resource Stewardship Director for Piedmont Hospital.  In his new role, Dr. Cooney will be responsible for physician support of acute care rounds and managing hospital bed days at Piedmont Hospital.  He will also be involved in the Transitions of Care work and working to reduce hospital readmission.

Dr. Cooney brings four years of acute care experience and a strong knowledge of acute care utilization to his new position. He joined TSPMG in 2011 as a Hospitalist after working in Hospital Medicine at the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Rochester.