Kaiser coming to Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes City of Keizer officials have confirmed Kaiser Permanente will be building a medical clinic in the Keizer Station area. Mayor Lore Christopher hinted at the news during her State of the City Address on June 11. During the address, Christopher said within 90 days she would be able to announce two big business decisions that would “rock our community.” The community didn’t have to wait nearly that long for the first. On June 19, Christopher posted the news under the banner “Coming in late 2014…” on her Facebook page. “We expect Kaiser Permanente to build a 20,000 (square foot) clinic which will include dental, lab and prescriptions,” the mayor wrote. “The clinic will employ over 10 dedicated physicians and a staff of 50 medical support staff. The clinic will be in Area ‘A’….tucked into the open area adjacent to the grassy knoll and directly south of Panera Bread.” Keizer City Councilor Cathy Clark said she was at a SEDCOR luncheon with Christopher on Wednesday when Kaiser Permanente officials made the announcement. Messages left for Kaiser Permanente officials by the Keizertimes have not been returned. “It was simply a statement they would be coming to Keizer,” Clark told the Keizertimes on Thursday. “That was the gist.” In an interview with the Keizertimes on Thursday, Christopher noted Kaiser Permanente serves about 55,000 patients per year...

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