Kaiser Permanente has announced plans to open up five new clinics in the region, one of which will be in Ballard. The healthcare company hasn’t released the location of the new clinic; they’re hoping to finalize a lease by the end of October.
Kaiser Permanente spokesperson Julie Popper tells My Ballard that the Ballard clinic will be more or less tailored to what their Ballard members need. “We have thousands of members in Ballard, so we’re able to have conversations with members and providers about what folks in Ballard are looking for,” Popper says. She says they’ll have a handful of physicians on site, and while it won’t be a full-scale specialty hub like they have in Capitol Hill, there will likely* be a pharmacy and a lab at the Ballard location.
The other locations being opened will be in Gig Harbor, West Olympia, Smokey Point, and South Lake Union. Popper says the Ballard location should be open by late 2019.
* Corrected: Kaiser Permanente hasn’t yet finalized whether they’ll have a pharmacy at the Ballard clinic.