Kaiser Permanente southern Colorado members 18 and older can now access primary care services at the UCCS HealthCircle clinics within the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences, the insurer and health care provider announced Feb. 26.
The partnership between Kaiser Permanente and UCCS is designed to provide greater access to convenient health care for UCCS employees with Kaiser Permanente coverage. Kaiser Permanente members will be able to receive care for minor illnesses and get annual physicals, a flu shot or routine blood work right on campus.
“Offering care at UCCS HealthCircle is part of our larger strategy to bring high-quality health care closer to our members,” C.Rocky White, MD, Kaiser Permanente’s southern Colorado market medical director, said. “This is one more example of our commitment to improving access for UCCS employees and the members we serve in southern Colorado.”
UCCS HealthCircle, which opened in conjunction with the Lane Center’s grand opening in February 2014, includes the Primary Care Clinic, Aging Center, Center for Active Living, Peak Nutrition Clinic and the Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic. Its model of providing integrated health care education, research and preventive primary and specialty care services is in line with Kaiser Permanente’s integrated care delivery system, which leverages technology to deliver highly coordinated patient care across all levels of treatment. Kaiser Permanente physicians also work closely with UCCS professors to mentor third- and fourth-year medical students studying at the Lane Center.
“We are excited to partner with Kaiser Permanente to expand the health care offerings available to the UCCS community,” Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. “Unexpected and chronic illnesses can keep our employees away from their jobs. The availability of comprehensive health care services at HealthCircle helps our community be healthier and more productive.”
A health insurer and health care provider, Kaiser Permanente offers comprehensive health care services to more than 61,000 members living in southern Colorado at two medical offices in Colorado Springs and one in Pueblo. Kaiser Permanente’s newest medical offices opened at 215 Parkside Drive in Colorado Springs on Jan. 2, 2015. All three Southern Colorado Kaiser Permanente medical offices offer primary care, laboratory, pharmacy and routine medical imaging services under one roof. Kaiser Permanente is currently undergoing a significant expansion in its southern Colorado service area by opening new medical offices, offering more affordable health insurance plans, opening its Briargate Medical Offices in Colorado Springs to all ages and providing additional specialty services.
— Meredith Jones, Kaiser Permanente Colorado