January 17, 2020

Kaiser Permanente invests in, transforms care across Washington

New locations will feature state-of-the-art care and path to improving health of Washingtonians.

Contact: Linnae Riesen

SEATTLE — Kaiser Permanente is taking next steps to help ensure Washingtonians have access to high-quality care throughout the state with the announcement of new investments in Seattle and Everett. Transforming health care with a focus on innovative and integrated approaches to care, the organization announced land purchases in Seattle’s Yesler neighborhood and a full redesign and expansion of its existing Everett facility in the Riverside neighborhood. Both locations will provide patients with state-of-the-art specialty care facilities, designed to improve health for Kaiser Permanente members by anticipating their evolving needs.

The expansion is part of the $1 billion investment Kaiser Permanente announced in 2017 to support new and upgraded facilities in Washington with the goal of leading the industry in delivering the future of health care. Kaiser Permanente is committed to health care equity and accessibility for its nearly 700,000 members across the state.

Kaiser Permanente recently launched 4 new medical facilities in Gig Harbor, Ballard, South Lake Union, and West Olympia, offering a new approach to care that focuses on strengthening the relationships among patients and providers, and fully engaging with the communities they serve. A fifth new medical center in Smokey Point is scheduled to open in spring 2020. 

“These strategic developments mean even more customer-driven investments to expand our mission of integrated care and meaningful partnership in our communities,” said Susan Mullaney, regional president of Kaiser Permanente of Washington. “Building these facilities supports our intention to lead the state in innovation, affordability, and convenience for our members.”

Kaiser Permanente’s integrated approach to care empowers patients to choose teams of providers who collaborate to provide highly effective individualized care. Patients access primary care, specialty care, mental health care, pharmacy, radiology, labs, and more in one integrated, convenient, patient-centered network.

“Our clinicians are proud to be advancing the future of health care across the region,” said Paul Minardi, president of Washington Permanente Medical Group. “These new facilities will expand Kaiser Permanente’s model of coordinated care with even more robust and sophisticated offerings for our patients and members.”

Kaiser Permanente purchased the Yesler property from the Seattle Housing Authority as part of an ongoing plan to provide access to health care, social services, education, and other community amenities.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Kaiser Permanente to Yesler,” said Andrew Lofton, executive director of the Seattle Housing Authority. “In redeveloping Yesler, we are deeply committed to ensuring it is a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive neighborhood. This investment by Kaiser Permanente builds on those values and will bring a world-class health care facility to the community.”

To develop the needed workforce in our communities, Kaiser Permanente is committed to creating an inclusive pipeline to health care and medical jobs. Kaiser Permanente supports STEM learning in Everett Public Schools, medical assistant scholarships at Seattle Colleges, and medical assistant apprenticeships throughout its Western Washington facilities.

“Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to Everett is clear,” said Mayor Cassie Franklin, City of Everett. “We welcome this expansion of world-class care and investment in our city.” 

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente and the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington are committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.