Kaiser Permanente plans to open Smokey Point clinic in 2020

It’s part of a regional expansion plan of the non-profit health-care provider.

SMOKEY POINT — Kaiser Permanente, a non-profit health-care provider, said Wednesday it will open a new Smokey Point medical clinic in 2020.

The new clinic is part of a Kaiser expansion that will add five new medical centers throughout the Pacific Northwest between the end of this year and 2020.

Kaiser currently operates 25 primary care clinics, including Everett.

“Smokey Point is a large growth area,” a Kaiser said of its decision to locate a new clinic north of Marysville.

The clinics will range in size from 5,000 to 10,000 square feet. Each location will be staffed by five to eight physicians and offer primary care services, lab services and a pharmacy, said Kaiser spokeswoman Julie Popper said. “Some locations may offer specialty services,” Popper said.

Kaiser plans to lease space in Smokey Point, Gig Harbor, west Olympia and in Seattle’s South Lake Union and Ballard neighborhoods.

“We’re in the process of negotiating the leases,” Popper said. “We expect the process to be complete by the end of the year. We’re confident and far along enough in the process at this point to announce the locations.”

Susan Mullaney, president of Kaiser Permanente Washington, said Kaiser is “proud to continue making strategic and customer-driven investments in great care and good jobs in our communities. Now even more patients across our state will have convenient access to the care they want, where they want it.”

Kaiser acquired Group Health in February 2017. Kaiser currently serves more than 12 million members in eight states.

“As clinicians, we are thrilled to bring our excellent primary, specialty, and ambulatory care to more communities,” said Dr. Stephen Tarnoff, president and chief executive of Washington Permanente Medical Group.

Janice Podsada; jpodsada@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3097; Twitter: JanicePods

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