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Kaiser Permanente expanding, bringing 100 new jobs to Duluth

Photo by Jason Braverman

Photo by Jason Braverman

DULUTH — Kaiser Permanente of Georgia is planning a major expansion of its current medical office in Duluth, which will bring about 100 new jobs to the county, the company announced Friday.

Additions to the Gwinnett medical office, scheduled to be completed next spring, will create a state-of-the-art comprehensive medical center, according to a news release. A similar expansion is also planned for the TownPark medical office in Kennesaw.

The outpatient facilities will provide Kaiser Permanente members with access to primary care and a full range of specialties, as well as expanded urgent care services in both locations, the news release states.

“In the past 18 months we’ve opened 11 new neighborhood medical offices, bringing the number of Kaiser Permanente medical facilities to 28 in metro Atlanta,” said Dr. Rob Schreiner, executive medical director for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. “These new (comprehensive medical centers) complement those locations by providing hubs for the expanded number of specialties Kaiser Permanente members can access through The Southeast Permanente Medical Group.”

Kaiser Permanente plans to build a 66,000-square-foot, three-story addition to its existing 37,000-square-foot medical office at 3650 Steve Reynolds Blvd. in Duluth. The expansion will cost about $52 million, the news release states.

The comprehensive medical center will offer internal medicine, pediatrics/adolescent medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, dermatology, behavioral health, cardiology, nuclear medicine, gastroenterology, neurology, pulmonology and podiatry, along with high-end imaging and diagnostic services. Construction will also include a 240-space, two-story parking deck.

Along with adding capacity and access to speciality care, the comprehensive medical center will also allow Kaiser Permanente to extend its current evening and weekend urgent care services to up to 24 hours at both locations.

“As we continue to attract relocating and expanding businesses to Gwinnett County, the demands for affordable health care will continue to grow,” said Nick Masino, vice president of economic development and Partnership Gwinnett at the Gwinnett Chamber. “Kaiser Permanente is keenly aware of the needs of our community, making primary care and a host of specialty services easily accessible.”