Kaiser Permanente will open its 28th medical office in the state when the company opens the doors to its new Greeley facility Jan. 2.
The facility will offer family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, a laboratory, pharmacy and medical imaging services and will serve Kaiser Permanente members in its northern Colorado service area.
“We will offer integrated care,” medical office administrator Rita Williams said during a Friday tour of the new facility. “We have everything under one roof.”
The 27,401-square-foot facility is located at 2429 35th Ave. in the former New Frontier Bank building.
“Part of our goal was to come into the community and refurbish a building that will meet our needs,” Williams said. “We’d rather use an existing resource in the community.”
The medical offices will be open for appointments from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays. The pharmacy will have extended hours on Saturdays and will be open 8 a.m. to noon.
Kaiser Permanente, the state’s largest nonprofit health insurer, serves more than 10,000 members in northern Colorado and opened medical offices in both Loveland and Fort Collins in 2012. The health care provider works with other primary and specialty care providers in its northern Colorado network, including Banner Health. Kaiser’s exclusive partnership with Banner Health, formed in 2011, allows the two health care providers to share patients’ electronic medical records and better coordinate patient care, Kaiser Permanente advertising and marketing consultant Pamela Tauman said.
Williams said Kaiser Permanente saw an opportunity in the 4,000-6,000 Kaiser Permanente member patients currently living in Greeley, which played a part in the decision to open the facility.
“Greeley has a large, diverse population, and we’re looking forward to serving them,” Williams said.
Patients will be able to use the facility for their health care needs, whether they need to meet with a doctor or pick up a prescription, new full-time pediatrician Dr. Amanda Hill said.
“It’s great for families with a sick kid,” Hill said. “You won’t have to go all over town for an X-ray or your medication. You can do it all here and not have to be out and about.”
The facility will employ about 20 staff members, including two new full-time physicians, Hill and internal medicine Dr. David Knechtges.
Hill has served as a staff pediatrician at the Community Health Center in Butte, Mont., for the past three years. At the clinic, she will care for children from birth to age 18, as well as patients older than 18 as long as their parents are Kaiser Permanente patients.
“It’s a good thing for Kaiser families who have students in college at (the University of Northern Colorado),” Hill said.
Knechtges has practiced for the past 12 years as a staff internal medicine physician with the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
“I’ve heard some buzz in the community that people are excited about Kaiser Permanente coming to the area,” Knechtges said. “I’m looking forward to meeting my new patients and people in the community. I think it’s going to be a great partnership.”