A groundbreaking ceremony and reception took place Friday celebrating Kaiser Permanente's nearly 50 years in Beaverton, as well as welcoming the birth of a first-of-its-kind facility in the region that will be built using a design concept called RAD, which stands for "Reimagining Ambulatory Design."
The groundbreaking was ushered in by dignitaries and Kaiser family members. About 150 people watched as the dirt was turned signifying the project's beginning.
Attending the event were a couple of family members of Kaiser employees who participated in the 1969 groundbreaking for the original office, including Kitty Palazzo and Debbie Russo. Palazzo and Russo are sisters. Palazzo still works for Kaiser and Russo retired two years ago. Between their father and siblings and multiple family members, they have served Kaiser members for a combined 190 years.
The new Kaiser Permanente Beaverton Medical and Dental Office is one of the first in the Northwest to utilize the design concept.
The event took place on the corner of Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and Southwest Western Avenue — adjacent to the current Beaverton Medical and Dental Office.
The new site will open in spring 2019.
Speakers included were: Andy McCulloch, President, Kaiser Permanente Northwest; Bernard Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente; Marc San Soucie, Beaverton City Councilor and Council President; Randy Ealy, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Beaverton; Dr. Imelda Dacones, chief executive officer and president, Northwest Permanente P.C.; Dr. John Snyder, dental director and CEO, Permanente Dental Associates, and Amanda Hill of the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals.
Tyson said it was beautiful to see the history of Kaiser during his site visit. "In 100 years, the next generation will see our picture here."
Attendees were encouraged to take a virtual tour of what the new facility will look like through a virtual phone viewer. Readers also can take the virtual tour online at kp.org/DesignedForLife.
San Soucie said it was a wonderful groundbreaking. "Beaverton is a strong community. Our people have a strong community vision. The city has a long history of creating and inviting innovation."
Ealy thanked a number of people who were instrumental in making the vision a reality, including Lorraine Clarno, president of the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce; Michelle Mason, also from the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce; Pamela Treece, executive director of Westside Economic Alliance; and Metro Councilor Kathryn Harrington. He also thanked the city's "selfless staff," and made particular mention of Cheryl Twete, community development director for the City of Beaverton.
He pointed out that 60 percent of city employees have Kaiser health care.
Dacones said Beaverton has always held a special place in her heart. "It was 22 years ago that I started my practice right here in Beaverton."
She made special note of the innovative care models that Kaiser will implement at the new center, which include remote appointment sign-ins, high-tech chairs that automatically weigh patients, and remote specialists that can be accessed by family members.
"This is a marriage of design and technology," Dacones said. "The secret sauce is the magic that comes from the people of Kaiser Permanente."
Snyder said he is excited to integrate the smile into the total health and wellness of members.
"The dentist will now move from the basement all the way to the top floor."
Treece called it, "a wonderful opportunity for Kaiser Permanente to increase its footprint." She said Kaiser has exceptional leadership and has been a great partner to the WEA.
For more information, visit kp.org.