Mama Kaiser Permanente on schedule for new Kent facility

Kaiser Permanente has not yet announced a construction schedule or plans for medical services at a facility it plans to build on the former Kmart property in Kent.

Kaiser Permanente purchased the property in December 2020 for $15 million and in January 2021 announced plans for a potential primary care, mental health, and wellness facility at 24,800 W. Valley Highway. Demolition of warehouse crews and fencing of property.

But the company has yet to reveal any details about the next move for the high-profile properties west of West Valley Highway and south of West Maker Street.

“The status remains the same, with the schedule and mix of services under review,” a Kaiser Permanente spokesperson said in an email on September 23.

This is the same message the spokesperson sent in January 2021, about 20 months ago.

“This purchase is the beginning of an effort by Kaiser Permanente to shift access to health care for Kent people and other communities between Seattle and Tacoma,” Gretchen Benzine, executive director of facilities for Kaiser Permanente Washington, said in January 2021 by email. statement. “This centrally located property is ideally located to serve these communities.”

The project is part of the company’s plan to increase access to health care for people in South King County, according to the statement. With continued population growth projected, this new facility will help meet those needs and provide access to primary care, mental health and wellness.

Kaiser Permanente did not release any details in January 2021 about the construction schedule or the size of the facility.

Kaiser Permanente has a Kent East Hill Primary Care Center at 26004 104th Ave. SE. The company also has clinics in Federal Way, Burien, and Renton.

Kaiser Permanente, based in Oakland, California, was founded in 1945, according to its website. The company includes the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and the hospitals of the Kaiser Corporation and its affiliates, The Permanente Medical Group, located in Washington.

Kmart closed in 2018. Kmart opened the store in 1978.

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