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Press Releases: Mid-Atlantic States

Januray 29, 2010

Tysons Corner to House New Kaiser Permanente Medical Office Building

Purchase of Russell Building furthers health plan’s expansion in metropolitan Washington, D.C.

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Kaiser Permanente, a leading not-for-profit health plan and care provider, has completed negotiations to purchase the 236,000 square foot Russell Building in Tysons Corner. The six-story structure at 8008 Westpark Drive will undergo a complete renovation to become a state-of-the-art medical office building for Kaiser Permanente’s operations in Northern Virginia.

When completed, the new Kaiser Permanente Tysons Corner Medical Office Building will serve as a convenient and attractive location for health care for the large workforce of Tysons Corner’s many and diverse employers, while also providing highly advanced and specialized care for many of the nearly 200,000 Health Plan members who frequent one of eleven Kaiser Permanente’s medical offices in Northern Virginia. It will house both primary care and specialty care, advance imaging services, laboratory, pharmacy services, and urgent care — all supported by industry-leading technology and information systems.

“Providing access to high-quality, affordable medical care remains our number one priority,” said Marilyn Kawamura, president, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States. “Adding a new, comprehensive and modern medical facility at an area as central as Tysons Corner, which sits near the crossroads of I-495, I-66, and other major roadways, with several future sites for Metro rail in the works, is another major step towards that goal.”

Kaiser Permanente’s advanced electronic medical record, Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, helps clinicians provide outstanding quality, assists patients in making certain they have received the preventive care they require, and maximizes patient safety by identifying risks to patients, such as potentially harmful drug combinations. Patients also have the added convenience of being able to access their medical records, schedule appointments, send secure e-mail to their physicians, and order prescription refills online, through My Health Manager at kp.org.

“Coordination and collaboration are central to Kaiser Permanente’s unique medical delivery system and are key to superior medical outcomes for our members,” noted Bernadette Loftus, MD, The Permanente Medical Group associate executive director for the Mid-Atlantic States. “The new facility at Tysons Corner will provide an expansive array of clinical services combined with our state-of-the-art medical technology. It will stand as a cornerstone in our continuing drive to make Kaiser Permanente the leading provider of health care on the East Coast and a model for the nation.”

Kaiser Permanente intends to announce the selection of the design and construction firms, and proposed timeline for the Russell Building renovations, within the next ten months.

About Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States
Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States region, headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, provides and coordinates complete health care services for almost 500,000 members through 30 medical office buildings in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, founded in 1980, is a total health organization composed of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., and the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, P.C., an independent medical group that features approximately 900 physicians who provide or arrange care for patients throughout the area. The health plan is considered one of Maryland’s “Top HMOs” according to the Maryland Health Care Commission. U.S. News & World Report/NCQA’s “America’s Best Health Insurance Plans 2009 – 10” placed Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States in the nation’s 100 top commercial health plans, and our Medicare plan 15th overall in the nation and #1 for D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. In addition, it was recently named “Highest in Member Satisfaction” among Commercial Health Plans by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information about Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States region, visit www.kp.org

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, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 8.6 million members in nine 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. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter.