LAWRENCEVILLE -- Accessibility to health care in Gwinnett isn't measured in miles -- it's measured in minutes, State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine said Thursday at the grand opening of Kaiser Permanente's third medical office in the county.
The key to health care is for it to be close and convenient, so people can get the medical care they need and minimize the amount of time they spend away from work and their families, Oxendine said.
Kaiser Permanente's Lawrenceville Medical Office will help do that, the gubernatorial candidate said.
"This is a win for Gwinnett County and a win for the entire state as you replicate this throughout your service area," he said.
The Lawrenceville facility is Kaiser's 20th in metro Atlanta -- and the third that has opened in the past six months. The nonprofit also has medical offices in Duluth near Gwinnett Place Mall and the Sugar Hill/Buford area.
Officials anticipate the $2 million facility, located at 455 Philip Blvd. in the city of Lawrenceville, will serve 5,000 people in the area. The office will provide primary care, laboratory and pharmacy services to patients.
Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charles Bannister said the opening of the office fulfills one of the goals of Partnership Gwinnett. One of its five targeted industries is health care.
"This facility will bring new internal medicine and pediatrics to Gwinnett County," Bannister said. "We believe the less tangible benefits will have a profound effect on our quality of life in Gwinnett County."
To support the efforts of Partnership Gwinnett, Kaiser Permanente presented Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce President Jim Maran with a $50,000 check for the economic development initiative.
Kaiser also gave a $10,000 grant to the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry, which will help provide fresh fruits and vegetables and prescriptions to area residents.