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Press Releases: Southern California

July 17, 2008

Kaiser Permanente Opens New Medical Offices in Diamond Bar

"Green" features reduce environmental impact

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. – On Friday, July 25, Kaiser Permanente is hosting a grand opening for its new Diamond Bar Medical Offices at 1336 Bridge Gate Drive. More than 100 representatives from local businesses, including city officials from Diamond Bar, will be on hand to celebrate.  The event will include tours of the new facility and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Conveniently located at Gateway Center at the 57 and 60 freeways, the 31,050 square-foot building houses physicians and medical care providers (including those who speak Spanish and Mandarin Chinese) in Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Ob/Gyn.  Additional services include Laboratory, Radiology, and Pharmacy.

"We're delighted to be in the Diamond Bar community, providing care to our members who reside or work here," says John Bigley, MD, area medical director, Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center.  "Our new facility enables us to better serve our growing membership in this area by offering convenient care and service."

The eco-friendly design and construction of the new building demonstrates Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to the environment and to the community.

The white-colored roof absorbs less heat, thereby reducing the need for interior cooling.  Dual-pane glazing on all exterior windows contributes to energy efficiency, creating less need for heating or cooling.  Automated mechanical control systems change temperature throughout the day, based on occupancy.  Natural light in the central lobby reduces the need for artificial light. Automatic light shut-off switches and fluorescent light fixtures decreases the energy usage throughout the building.  Flooring consists of non-PVC backed carpet as well as rubber flooring that includes recycled material and requires no compounds or cleaners for daily maintenance. The products also contribute to the internal air quality as they don’t hold dust or other allergens and help prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.

"These new features not only preserve energy and other natural resources, but they also enable us to create a healthier environment for patients and staff. And by reducing our environmental impact, we are demonstrating our commitment as being a good neighbor," adds Dr. Bigley.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated health plan.  Founded in 1945, it is a nonprofit, group practice prepayment program with Southern California headquarters in Pasadena, California. Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park serves more than 231,000 members in the San Gabriel Valley through a network of more than 3,100 employees and 460 physicians. Facilities are located in Baldwin Park, Montebello, San Dimas, and West Covina. More information about Kaiser Permanente can be found at www.kaiserpermanente.org