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Construction crews demolish and separate recyclable materials from the former Blue Parrot restaurant in Victorville on Tuesday. The building will get leveled to make way for a new primary care office building for Kaiser Permanente.

Kaiser to open primary care facility in 2014

VICTORVILLE • Kaiser Permanente began demolishing a former restaurant located on its Victorville property Tuesday to open a new primary care office facility in 2014.

The new 8,725-square-foot building adjacent to Kaiser’s local offices on Park Avenue will add nine additional primary care physicians, the medical group said in a press release.

The expansion reflects the needs of Kaiser’s local members, according to the release.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Silvestri said she couldn’t elaborate further on the decision for the expansion in primary care services.

There is one primary care physician for every 1,201 San Bernardino County residents, compared to one for every 847 Californians, according to the 2011 County Health Rankings.

Kaiser purchased the adjacent property in September 2003 with the intent to put it in use for outpatient care, Silvestri said.

An excavator took down about half of the restaurant building Tuesday. The demolition is expected to be completed by the end of the year, according to the release. The new offices will open early 2014.

“We are exploring further investments in the High Desert, but no further details are available at this point,” Silvestri said.

Tomoya Shimura may be reached at (760) 955-5368 or TShimura@VVDailyPress.com. Follow Tomoya on Facebook at facebook.com/ShimuraTomoya.

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