Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif., has opened the first of several new medical centers it will build in Southern California that aim to take patient care and overall experience to a higher level.

Kaiser Permanente plans to build the facilities in a way that they become an attractive destination to promote health education and activities, dubbing them health hubs.

Jodie Lesh, senior vice president of strategic planning and new ventures, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, says the health hubs are meant to serve as community anchors that focus on healthful living and wellness and not just treatment.

“Health care needs to be woven into people’s lives much more meaningfully than it is today,” Lesh says. “We needed to meet people where they are living and not just have them make an appointment and come to us.”

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