‘Next generation’ facility enhances access, quality of patient care.
SAN FRANCISCO — Kaiser Permanente opened a new medical office building today in Mission Bay, one of the fastest growing live-work neighborhoods in San Francisco.
The nine-story facility, located at 1600 Owens Street, offers a wide-range of health care services, from adult and pediatric care to women’s health services and pharmacy, as well as a lab, optometry, and optical sales. The facility also features a state-of-the-art MRI suite and consult rooms to support one-on-one counseling and care advice for families and individuals, as well as virtual visit technology that allows for quick telemedicine referrals to specialists.
“At Mission Bay, we are transforming outpatient care with a location where we can serve a significant member population near their homes and offices,” said Maria Ansari, MD, physician-in-chief, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center. “We are meeting them here with everything from intuitive technologies to innovative design to enhance the way we care for members.”
The 220,000 square foot facility is part of a new wave of Kaiser Permanente medical offices designed to enhance the care experience by using technology and space to make getting medical care easier, more convenient, and focused on choice.
It will house 106 doctors’ offices and employ approximately 500 health care professionals, including physicians, nurses, technicians and administrative staff. Services such as the pharmacy, Healthy Living education and resource center, and Vision Essentials vision center provide a personal, retail-like experience. Local artists’ work focusing on the rich character and culture of San Francisco is featured on each floor of the building. There is also an on-site café and wireless internet access for visitors.
“We look forward to providing even greater access to high-quality, affordable health care services to our members in this dynamic and diverse part of San Francisco,” said Ron Groepper, senior vice president and area manager, Kaiser Permanente Greater San Francisco Service Area. “This new state-of-the-art facility allows us to continue giving back to the communities we serve for years to come.”
The new building has dedicated services focusing specifically on Latino health and is equipped with new exam room technologies, including a large screen for better interpretive and educational services. To ensure the safety, equity and quality of the health care provided, qualified on-site Spanish and Chinese interpreters are available. Telephonic interpretation is available for over 200 other languages.
The structure meets the highest standards of environmental and sustainable building, including LEED gold certification, part of the U.S. Green Building Council new construction rating system. Features range from solar panels to maximized water and energy efficiency throughout.
Kaiser Permanente Mission Bay can be reached by the 101 or 280 freeways, or by public transportation. Parking is available directly across the street. There will also be an hourly Kaiser Permanente shuttle connecting the new Mission Bay location with Kaiser Permanente’s main campus on Geary Boulevard.
The Mission Bay medical office building joins five other Kaiser Permanente facilities serving San Francisco, including locations on Geary Blvd., French Campus, Divisadero St., Fillmore St. and Van Ness Ave.
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 more than 10 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 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.