Thursday, March 6, 2003

Kaiser breaks ground
on Waipio outpatient clinic


Sunday, March 9, 2003

» Kaiser Permanente Hawaii's new medical clinic in Waipio Gentry, expected to be completed in the fall of 2004, will open with 120 staff members. An article on Page A6 on Thursday incorrectly reported that it would have 10 staff members.

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is building a $32 million outpatient medical clinic in Waipio Gentry to be completed in the fall of 2004.

Hospital and project executives turned the red dirt where pineapple once grew using ceremonial Hawaiian o'o sticks at a ceremony Tuesday.

"We are proud to be investing in our community and members in this way," said Janice Head, new Kaiser Permanente Hawaii president.

She said the two-story, 87,000-square-foot clinic will present an opportunity for "a wider range of quality care and service in a very inviting atmosphere" to benefit the growing membership in Leeward and Central Oahu.

Members using Kaiser Permanente clinics in those areas have increased 31 percent since 2000, Kaiser said. About 65,000 members are receiving services at the Punawai (Waipahu), Kapolei, Nanaikeola (Nanakuli) and Mililani clinics. The new clinic will replace the Punawai facility.

Norman Quon, Kaiser director of facilities services, said the Waipio clinic will provide additional services to neighborhood clinics.

"Our members won't need to travel to the Moanalua Medical Center for certain services," he said.

The new clinic will offer primary and urgent care, behavioral health and occupational health services, dermatology, eye care and optical sales, women's services and physical therapy. It will have a pharmacy, clinical laboratory and diagnostic imaging services.

It will open with 21 physicians and 10 staff members, Kaiser said.

Kaiser Permanente - Hawaii

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