Kaiser Permanente Opens New Medical Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Mar 19, 2012, 11:47 ET from Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States

State-of-the-Art Facility Features over 30 Medical Specialties under One Roof

ROCKVILLE, Md., March 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, a leading not-for-profit health plan and care provider, opens the doors to its new Gaithersburg Medical Center today, March 19, 2012, offering Montgomery County, Maryland members more medical services conveniently located under one roof.

"The new Gaithersburg Medical Center is Kaiser Permanente's largest medical center in Montgomery County and is situated in a key location convenient to our members," said Marilyn Kawamura, President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc.  "We are committed to the health of Montgomery County residents and are thrilled to be opening our doors."

Located at 655 Watkins Mill Road in Gaithersburg, Kaiser Permanente's new 175,000-square-foot facility has 72 provider offices and employs over 350 physicians and staff.  The medical center boasts over 30 medical specialties including several new services for Kaiser Permanente members along the I-270 corridor such as cardiology, nuclear cardiology, sports medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and urology, to name a few.  Laboratory, pharmacy, a full range of radiological services, as well as urgent care and clinical observation unit services, are available to Kaiser Permanente members 24/7.

"The new Kaiser Permanente Gaithersburg Medical Center will provide a level of unmatched access and convenience for our patients," said Bernadette Loftus, MD, The Permanente Medical Group associate executive director for the Mid-Atlantic States.  "Our award-winning Mid-Atlantic Permanente physicians helped design this building to ensure it houses all the technology and equipment our physicians need to quickly and easily provide total care, at any time of day or night."

Designed with the member in mind, medical center exam rooms are fully wired with Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, the most advanced electronic medical record system available today, featuring dual monitors allowing patients to view the same information, in real time, as their physician, further enhancing the member experience.  

Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect® helps clinicians provide outstanding quality, assists patients in making certain they have received the preventive care they require, and maximizes patient safety by identifying risks to patients, such as potentially harmful drug combinations.  Patients also have the added convenience of accessing their medical records, scheduling appointments, sending secure e-mail to their physicians, and ordering prescription refills online, through My Health Manager at kp.org.  Kaiser Permanente recently released a mobile optimized version of kp.org app for Android and iPhone devices that gives members access to their own medical information anywhere in the world.

Kaiser Permanente's new Gaithersburg facility provides members with greater access to high quality health care.  Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States is recognized both locally and nationally as one of the top health plans for achieving superior clinical outcomes that help members maximize their total health. 

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognized Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States as the highest-rated Medicare health plan in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., No. 17 Medicare plan and No. 33 Commercial health plan in the nation in 'NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2011-2012.'  In addition, Kaiser Permanente was the highest scoring health maintenance organization in the Maryland Health Care Commission's 2011 Health Benefit Plan Performance Report: Measuring the Quality of Maryland Commercial Health Benefit Plans.

To learn more about Kaiser Permanente's new Gaithersburg Medical Center, visit www.kp.org/newgaithersburg.

About Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States
Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States region, headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, provides and coordinates complete health care services for almost 500,000 members through 30 medical centers in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.  Founded in 1980, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States is a total health organization comprised of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., and the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, P.C., an independent medical group that features approximately 900 physicians who provide or arrange care for patients throughout the area.  Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States is considered one of Maryland's "Top HMOs," according to the Maryland Health Care Commission.  The health plan was ranked in the nation's 50 top commercial health plans and 20 top Medicare health plans – and the #1 Medicare plan for Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. – by "NCQA Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2011-2012 Private."  For more information about Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, visit http://www.kp.org/ or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/KPMidAtlantic.


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