LOS ANGELES — Born and raised in Crenshaw, Erique Emel, MD, physician-in-charge of Kaiser Permanente’s new state-of-the-art Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Medical Office Building, understands the health care needs of this community. “It’s an exciting time of change and growth for this community, and with that, comes a greater need for more convenient access to high-quality health care,” Dr. Emel said.
Kaiser Permanente is addressing that need with a cutting-edge four-story, 100,000 square-foot medical office building on the corner of Marlton Avenue and Santa Rosalia Drive. It will open September 7, 2017. The facility will offer a full-range of primary care and specialty care services and 60 clinical providers, who will treat more than 50,000 Kaiser Permanente members in this neighborhood.
“We are very excited to invest in the health and well-being of this community and bring world-class health care and other health amenities to our members in the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw neighborhood,” said Georgina Garcia, senior vice president and area manager of Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center.
Equipped with the most innovative and advanced health care technology and green design elements (it will be a LEED Gold certified building), this facility is a leading example of Kaiser Permanente’s new wave of “next generation” medical buildings, designed to enhance the patient’s care experience.
Additionally, local artists’ work – about 120 original pieces – are featured on each floor of the building, and reflect the rich character and spirit of this community.
“It is a stunning facility inside and out that showcases the outstanding artistic talent from this community,” says Armen Ross, president of the Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce. “It is a wonderful addition to this community and we are so grateful for Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to improving the health of our residents.”
The design of the building also promotes interaction with the community. The outdoor landscape, which includes a 2.5-mile walking path, a large grassy area and outdoor exercise equipment, is for the entire community to enjoy. There's also outdoor space that will offer health-related classes and activities to the community.
“Kaiser Permanente has truly been a community partner every step of the way, providing opportunities for individuals from this community to build this beautiful facility,” said Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson. “This building is an important symbol for this community, and demonstrates Kaiser Permanente’s dedication to improving people’s lives.”
About Kaiser Permanente
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 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 11.8 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. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.