Kaiser Permanente expands with green features to help reduce environmental impacts
By Maria Lengerke Herrington
Diamond Bar – Kaiser Permanente hosted a reception on June 4 to celebrate the expansion and new services offered at its Diamond Bar Medical Offices, located at 1336 Bridge Gate Drive. More than 120 representatives from local businesses, including city officials from Diamond Bar, attended the event that also featured tours of the facility.
Conveniently located in the Gateway Center at the 57 and 60 freeways, the two-story, 34,000 square-foot expansion houses physicians and ancillary staff that speak a variety of different languages including English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese. Services include Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Behavioral Health, Optometry/Optical Dispensing, and Vision Essentials. The building is attached to the existing medical offices that offer Family Medicine, Laboratory, Radiology, and Pharmacy.
“We’re delighted to be able to expand existing services and offer new services in the Diamond Bar community,” says John Bigley, MD, Area Medical Director, Kaiser Permanente, Baldwin Park Medical Center. “We serve approximately 20,000 members and average 26,000 visits per year. Members come to us from not only Diamond Bar, but also the surrounding communities of Rowland Heights, Hacienda Heights, and Walnut. Our new facility enables us to meet the needs of our growing membership while also providing convenience.”
The eco-friendly design and construction of the expansion demonstrates Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to the environment and to the community.
The “green” roof on the second floor provides additional thermal insulation that helps to reduce energy use and cooling costs. Natural light is included throughout the building to reduce the need for artificial light. Recycled wood accents the center core of both the first and second floors. The irrigation system is designed to use 35 percent less water with the capability to tie in to future city potable reclaimed water systems.
“These new features help to preserve energy and other natural resources, and reduce our environmental impact,” adds Bigley.
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. They are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, their mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of members and the communities they serve. They currently serve 3.9 million members in Southern California. Facilities are located in Baldwin Park, Diamond Bar, Montebello, San Dimas, and West Covina. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists, and a team of caregivers. Expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technological 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, please visit kp.org/baldwinpark.