Kaiser Permanente celebrates new Murrieta medical building with ribbon cutting

Members of the community gathered together Thursday, Nov. 2, to celebrate the completion of a brand-new Kaiser Permanente medical office building with a ribbon cutting.

City officials, chamber of commerce members and Kaiser Permanente staff gathered together to celebrate the roughly 82,000 square foot building, which was opened for business Nov. 7.

The high-tech new facility, located at 28150 Keller Road, will offer such services as adult primary care, OBGYN, cardiology, head and neck surgery, general surgery and ophthalmology, said Frank Flowers, Kaiser Permanente’s medical director for the Riverside area.

Flowers noted that exam rooms would have 42-inch monitors, allowing physicians to go which would display such things as patient records and lab results. The monitors would also allow opportunities for physicians to educate their patients, he said.

Vita Willett, Executive Director for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, said one of the benefits of the medical facility opening is that it will offer services that patients once had to drive far distances to get.

“Down in this area we have over 100,000 members and they have actually been traveling up to Moreno Valley and to Riverside for many of the services that we’re going to be able to provide right here in Murrieta,” she said.

Bob Blair, chief administrative officer at Southern California Permanente Medical Group, touted the buildings many environmentally-friendly features.

He said the building boasts electric vehicle charging stations, preferred parking for carpool and low-emitting vehicles, bike racks and solar panels.

“All of lighting in the building is LED,” Blair said. “It has occupancy sensors, so it will go off when people aren’t in the area, which will make this building very energy-efficient as well.”

Representatives from the offices of Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, California State Senator Richard Roth, State Senator Jeff Stone and Representative Ken Calvert each provided certificates of recognition to the medical center as part of the event.

Third district Supervisor Chuck Washington during a speech praised Murrieta Mayor Rick Gibbs, who he said had been a proponent for increasing health care options.

“There are two things that he talked about that he wanted to see happen in Murrieta: One was higher education and the other one was health services,” Washington said. “He has done a yeoman’s job at bringing health care to this city.”

Gibbs said the facility would not just benefit the people of the Murrieta.

“This is a regional facility that is going to serve 100,000 subscribers plus all the other folks who are going to wander in through here for all the services you provide,” Gibbs said. “This is a facility that is about living life, providing health and ensuring the best possible care for the citizens of this region.”

The medical building is one part of a multi-phase plan that will happen over 25 years on 37.6 acres on the northeast corner of Antelope and Keller Roads.

The project is expected to include the medical offices as well as three- and four-story tall hospital buildings once it’s complete.

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