October 23, 2007

Kaiser Permanente San Diego Announces Facility Closures, Elective Surgery Cancellations Due to San Diego Wildfires

Kaiser Permanente San Diego announced the following facility closures as a result of the San Diego County wildfires:

Carlsbad Medical Offices, 6860 Avenida Encinitas, Carlsbad, CA 92009

Escondido Medical Office, 732 N. Broadway St., Escondido, CA 92025

Rancho Bernardo Medical Office, 11939 Rancho Bernardo Rd., San Diego, CA 92128

San Marcos Medical Office, 400 Craven Road, San Marcos, CA 92078

Vista Medical Office, 780 Shadowridge Dr., Vista, CA 92083

These facilities will remain closed until further notice. Kaiser Permanente San Diego has also cancelled all elective surgeries at the Kaiser Permanente Foundation Hospital located at 4647 Zion Avenue, as well as the outpatient medical center in Otay Mesa until further notice. Kaiser Permanente San Diego members may contact 619-662-5656 for a recorded message regarding the status of San Diego medical office closures and additional information, or check the Kaiser Permanente website at www.kp.org. If you think you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. For appointments call 800-290-5000.

San Diego's Kaiser Permanente Foundation Hospital and 16 other San Diego County medical facilities remain operational and fully staffed to provide medical care at this time. All other Kaiser Permanente Southern California hospitals, medical offices, pharmacies, mental health centers and business facilities remain open.

Kaiser Permanente San Diego has established an emergency hotline for Kaiser Permanente staff and physicians to call for updates: 619-528-3393. All staff and physicians from the closed facilities have been asked to call the emergency hotline for information regarding where and when to report for shift assignments.

For prescription needs: Kaiser Permanente members can have their prescriptions filled at any pharmacy (including non Kaiser Permanente pharmacies) by presenting their ID and member record number. Some non Kaiser Permanente pharmacies may require payment. The members will be reimbursed for the cost of the prescriptions that is not normally covered by their co-pay.

About Kaiser Permanente:

Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated nonprofit health plan. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente began serving San Diego in 1967, and currently provides care for nearly 500,000 members throughout the county. Over 6,500 staff and more than 830 physicians care for our members at 21 medical facilities and at Kaiser Permanente's San Diego Medical Center. The Medical Center has 392 licensed beds and a 56 bed Emergency Department. To learn more, visit the web site at kaiserpermanente.org, or in Spanish, www.kaiserpermanente/espanol.org.