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New Kaiser Permanente Hospital Approved for Kearny Mesa

November 12, 2013

Construction of a new, 450-bed Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Kearny Mesa has been approved by the San Diego City Council. The project on 20 acres along Ruffin Road at Clairemont Mesa Boulevard will include a seven-story, 565,000-square-foot hospital, along with a medical office building, a central utilities plant and a parking garage. Kaiser’s largest hospital in the San Diego region is located in Grantville near the intersection of Zion Avenue and Mission Gorge Road. Kaiser is expected to remodel the Zion facility at some point in the future.

The hospital will include an emergency department, operating rooms and recovery spaces, pharmacies, a laboratory and a blood bank, as well as administrative offices, conference rooms and other support facilities. Kaiser plans to achieve a LEED gold certification for environmental sustainability, making it the first hospital in the state to meet the criteria.

Edward Littlejohn, the chief operating officer for Kaiser in San Diego, said the project would create about 700 construction jobs and 1,000 permanent positions when finished in three years.

The Oakland-based health care organization operates 25 medical facilities in San Diego County and is one of the biggest managed care organizations in the country, with about 8.9 million subscribers.