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Kaiser Permanente Selects Site for New School of Medicine in Southern California Community of Pasadena

March 10, 2016



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OAKLAND, Calif., – Kaiser Permanente, the largest integrated health care system in the nation, announced today the campus for its School of Medicine will be located in the city of Pasadena, 10 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

The site for the school, on land Kaiser Permanente already owns, is located in central Pasadena. The community was chosen because of its proximity to affordable housing, public transit and major freeways. The highly livable city of Pasadena is culturally and economically diverse, and is within a few miles of other major Kaiser Permanente facilities where much of the students’ education will take place. The School of Medicine campus will be located adjacent to the Kaiser Permanente Department of Research & Evaluation.

“Kaiser Permanente provides care and coverage in communities across the United States, and Pasadena offers some important attributes that align with our vision for the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine,” said Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. “Pasadena is a vibrant and diverse community, and that diversity is essential to the model of medical education we want to establish as we prepare physicians for the practice of medicine in the 21st century.”

“We are designing a curriculum focused on providing high-quality, patient-centered care in both traditional and non-traditional settings, with an emphasis on collaboration and teamwork. Patient engagement, shared decision-making and evidence-based practice will be core to the curriculum design,” said Edward M. Ellison, MD, executive medical director of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, a national Permanente leader, and an executive sponsor for the School of Medicine. The Permanente Medical Groups have a mutually exclusive relationship with the Kaiser Foundation Health Plans to provide medical services to Kaiser Permanente members and members of the communities they serve.

“Selection of Pasadena as the future Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine location highlights the qualities that make our city so attractive to residents and employers, and to new businesses considering where to locate,” said Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek. “Pasadena is a dynamic place to live, work and play. It’s a growing center for innovation in technology, education, science and health, and already a destination for arts, culture and recreation. We look forward to working with Kaiser Permanente on their plans for this exciting project.”

Demographic changes in the U.S. population have created increasingly diverse communities. Physicians in the 21st century require cultural competency and fluency in order to meet the needs of their patients and to best serve their communities.

“We have an opportunity, even an obligation, to redesign medical education and be a catalyst for change,” noted Dr. Ellison. “New generations of physicians will take this knowledge wherever they choose to practice, inside or outside of Kaiser Permanente, and will be well-prepared to meet the total health needs of communities across the nation, including the necessary work of addressing health disparities.”

The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine extends Kaiser Permanente’s longstanding commitment to medical education, including its highly regarded residency programs.

Groundbreaking is expected in 2017, and the school will welcome its first class of students in the fall of 2019.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 10 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.