LANCASTER – As part of a continuing effort to improve health locally, Kaiser Permanente recently awarded $139,000 to 10 local community organizations and celebrated the opening of its new Antelope Valley Medical Offices Outpatient Procedure Suite, located at 615 W. Avenue L in Lancaster.
“The opening of our Outpatient Procedure Suite delivers on our commitment to provide convenient access to patient-centered care for our patients in the communities they call home,” stated David Kohl, M.D., Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley Medical Director.
The addition of the Outpatient Procedure Suite will increase access to life-saving cancer detection screenings, like colonoscopies, as well as minor pain management procedures, such as epidurals. The new Outpatient Procedure Suite offers 10 prep/recovery bays, as well as three procedure suites.
At the opening celebration, Kaiser Permanente announced its 2015 Community Benefits grant recipients.
“This year, we are proud to award 10 local organizations grants for services and programs that will help improve the health of the Antelope Valley,” stated Linda Lawson, RN, MSN, Chief Administrative Officer, Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley.
The following local nonprofit organizations were awarded grants to support their commitment to community health:
- Antelope Valley College Foundation
- Antelope Valley Family YMCA
- Antelope Valley Partners for Health
- Bartz-Altadonna Community Health Center
- The Catalyst Foundation
- The Children’s Center of Antelope Valley
- The City of Lancaster
- Mental Health America of Los Angeles
- Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles
- Tarzana Treatment Center, Inc.
In addition, the city of Palmdale received a significant land donation for a major public works project in East Palmdale. This project will widen roads and make room for bike paths extending to the east side of the valley. These improvements will help promote physical activity, increase safety, and reduce congestion and pollution.
“We are proud to partner with these organizations to improve the health of our community,” stated Kaiser Permanente Chief Operating Officer Murtaza Sanwari. “Kaiser Permanente is focused on providing high-quality affordable care to the community that we serve, and these organizations help address the most critical health needs of the Antelope Valley.”
Attendees at the event, including representatives from local elected officials’ offices, had the opportunity to walk through an inflatable colon and learn about the importance of colorectal cancer screenings—one of the procedures now offered in the new Outpatient Procedure Suite.
For more information on Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley, visit kp.org/antelopevalley.
[Information via news release from on Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley.]