By Ashly McGlone
SAN RAMON -- Kaiser Permanente members in San Ramon will soon have a new spot closer to home for doctor appointments.
Kaiser will open the doors to a new three-story, 67,000-square-foot medical office building in the Bishop Ranch office park Nov. 14 in an effort to bridge the 17-mile divide between the organization's Walnut Creek and Pleasanton offices, officials said.
While no surgical services will be provided in San Ramon, a laboratory, pharmacy and X-ray services will be located on site. Some 42 medical providers in primary care, women's health, medical and cosmetic dermatology, sports medicine and physical therapy are expected to move in.
"Accessibility is essential is making sure you get the health care you want," said Dr. Kai Kai Lam, a Kaiser pediatrician who will be the physician site leader at San Ramon. "Having this presence in the middle of where you live and work will solidify what we want to provide for our members."
The facility will be at 2300 Camino Ramon. Hours there will be set so Bishop Ranch workers, including employees of Chevron, Ford, General Electric and JPMorgan Chase, can "pop in and get out," Lam said.
Family medicine, as well as the lab, radiology and pharmacy will be open 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., staying open through the lunch hour.
There has been discussion for some time of a new Kaiser facility to be built in Dublin on 58 acres, but Kaiser hasn't committed to a date or announced whether it may accommodate offices, an outpatient surgical center or full-fledged hospital.
The nearest Kaiser hospital is in Walnut Creek, but the organization plans to open three new hospitals in Oakland, San Leandro and Redwood City in 2014. Some 376,000 members live in Kaiser's Diablo Service Area, which spans from Antioch, Martinez and Walnut Creek to Pleasanton and Livermore.
Ashly McGlone covers San Leandro, San Lorenzo and the Washington Township Health Care District. Contact her at 510-293-2463. Follow her at Twitter.com/AshlyReports.