Portland, Ore. — To meet the growing demand for dental care on Portland’s west side, Kaiser Permanente Northwest has opened Cedar Hills Dental and Medical Office, increasing convenience and appointment availability for members who live or work nearby. The office will combine medical and dental care in innovative new ways, ensuring patients’ visits address their total health.
For example, clinicians will look ahead at the dental patients on their schedule to see whether they’re due for any medical procedures, like flu shots, immunizations or blood pressure checks, that can be taken care of during their visit. Because of Kaiser Permanente’s integrated medical record, a dentist can then, for example, send a message directly to the patient’s primary care doctor.
“As we continue to grow on the west side, we’re listening closely to the needs of our members. They’ve told us convenient dental care is important to them, and we’re opening this office in response,” said Cyrus Lee, DMD, the lead dentist at the new office. “Kaiser Permanente is unique in our ability to provide both dental and medical care, and we’re excited to offer our Cedar Hills neighbors the convenience of being able to visit their dentist and get medical services at the same location. Dental health can often give clues about a person’s overall health, and we strongly believe that the future state of medicine will be one where the two are integrated.”
The new dental and medical office is located at the corner of SW Cedar Hills Blvd. and Walker Rd. in Beaverton. It will offer general and pediatric dentistry, including hygiene services. There will be 4 dentists and 2 hygienists on staff. Members who would like to transfer their dental care to the new office can do so by calling 1-800-813-2000.
Medical members will also be able to schedule same-day and next-day medical appointments (in person, or by phone or video) with clinicians who can treat minor injuries and illnesses, and provide preventive services such as vaccinations and blood pressure checks. Dental appointments will be available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Medical appointments can be scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In keeping with its mission of improving the health of the communities it serves, Kaiser Permanente Northwest is donating $20,000 to Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. The donation will support Virginia Garcia’s Baby Days program, which provides education about oral health to at-risk parents of toddlers.
“When we are able to help facilitate parents receiving the information they need about caring for their babies’ teeth from the very beginning, it makes a critical difference in the child’s long-term oral health,” said Lisa Bozetti, DDS, Dental director, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. “This donation from Kaiser Permanente will help us make an even bigger impact in the lives of our very youngest dental patients.”
Kaiser Permanente is also in the early planning stages of replacing its Beaverton Medical and Dental Office with a new building. The current office, located at the corner of Western Ave. and Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, has served members for over 40 years.
The new Beaverton Medical and Dental Office will be designed to meet future health care needs, offering additional convenience, technology and efficiencies. It is an exciting new model that will be the first of its kind for a Kaiser Permanente facility in the NW.
Kaiser Permanente expects to open the reimagined office in early 2019. The current office building will remain open, continuing to serve patients during the construction of the new facility. The new building will be constructed adjacent to the current facility, at the site of the existing Bedmart store.
Once the new facility is completed, the current Beaverton office site will be cleared and landscaped, and used to address the parking needs of members.
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and nonprofit 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 more than 10.6 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 550,000 medical and 250,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, dentists, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical and dental 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.