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Kaiser Permanente on Wednesday opened medical offices in Berkeley that will provide primary, specialty and mental health care to the city’s 58,000 members and patients, hospital officials said.
The new three-story building at 2610 10th St. also has a pharmacy and offers lab services.
It is just off San Pablo Avenue in west Berkeley, making it accessible by public transportation.
“We want to make it as convenient as possible for our members to access care where they live, work and play,” said Edmund Chan, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente’s East Bay Service Area, in a statement.
Patients can also still choose phone and video appointments if they wish.
Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin said the new offices provide greater access to needed health care services.
“West Berkeley is also an area historically underserved and facing significant health disparities,” Arreguin said in a statement.
The 62,000-square-foot building has the latest technology, allowing Kaiser members to check in for their appointments from their home or at a self-service kiosk in the building. A receptionist is also available.
Besides the pharmacy and lab services, other specific services offered include adult and family medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics as well as mammography services and a cafe.
Patients can park on site for free and electric vehicle charging stations and bike racks are available. Kaiser officials said the design of the interior promotes calm and well-being.
On the wall of the parking lot is a mural that promotes wellness and shows off Berkeley’s diverse community.
“We are proud to be investing here and hope to be an anchor institution in this community by not only providing high-quality health care but by bringing stable jobs and resources to the area,” Chan said. “We want to be the health provider of choice for Berkeley.”