The title of this story has been changed. The property is 10 acres in size, but the proposed building is a 100,000 square foot medical office.
HESPERIA – Kaiser Permanente recently bought a property in the High Desert as the medical provider considers a possible expansion of its healthcare network.
Kaiser’s proposed 100,000-square-foot medical practice site will be located on 10 acres on Escondido Avenue, just south of Main Street and west of the Walmart Supercenter in Hesperia.
“We are very happy that Kaiser is coming to Hesperia to open a facility that will serve his many customers,” said Mayor Russ Blewett. “We look forward to working with them to launch their project and pray for the day when they decide to build a hospital here.”
Kaiser officials did not respond to messages left by the Daily Press, and no timelines for the construction of the project or the services available at the new facility for Kaiser members were provided.
Lee and Associates of Ontario senior vice president Mike Harrison, who represented the seller and Kaiser, told the Daily Press that several factors had drawn Kaiser to the Hesperia location.
“We looked at several sites all over the High Desert, but the site Kaiser chose was what they wanted,” Harrison said. “The property is close to Main Street which appears to be ground zero for new development. There are lots of rooftops nearby, new businesses, hotels, and Interstate 15 – there was no second for them.
Currently, the High Desert Medical Offices on Park Avenue in Victorville are the closest available Kaiser-based medical facilities for its nearly 65,000 members living in the High Desert area.
Some services available to members in Victorville include: Consultant nurse, injections, laboratory, mammograms, pediatrics, physiotherapy, pharmacy, treatment nurse, courses, radiology / diagnostic imaging, retinal photos, emergency care; and family and internal medicine.
Local members are required to visit Kaiser-owned hospitals and facilities in Fontana, Ontario, Riverside and other locations in Southern California for many services including: behavioral medicine, cardiology, chemical dependency, medicine emergency, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hospital wards, surgery, intensive care, neurology and radiation oncology.
There is no word from Kaiser regarding the future of his Victorville facility.
Considered the largest managed care organization in the United States, Kaiser serves nearly 12 million members in eight states and Washington DC
Kaiser has been aggressive in its expansion, with the healthcare provider striving to add 200,000 square feet of new office space and more than 500 parking spaces to its Redwood City campus, the Mercury News reported this month.
They also opened a 57,000 square foot ambulatory complex along Highway 101 in Ventura last week. The site offers optometry, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, cancer infusion, gastroenterology, chiropody, laboratory services and other care, said the Ventura County Star.
In 2104, Kaiser unveiled its new 8,700 square foot high-tech and environmentally friendly medical office building next to its existing multi-story building on Park Avenue.
The single storey building, with 16 examination rooms, was designed for primary care services which include family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, allergy and physiotherapy.
“The recent Kaiser deal is not just a victory for Hesperia, but for all of its members across the High Desert,” Blewett said. “I look forward to the day when they serve their first member here.”
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