A new, state-of-the-art health care facility will soon expand access to Kaiser Permanente’s nationally-recognized, integrated quality care in Prince George’s county. The new Kaiser Permanente Bowie Fairwood Medical Center will open on August 16 offering more access to primary care and subspecialists closer to home. The health system’s physicians and care team will bring a coordinated and patient-centered approach to care delivery in the brand-new facility that features the latest technology and innovations in design.
The new Bowie Fairwood Medical Center, with award-winning physicians and care teams, will be the first of six new, next generation medical centers that Kaiser Permanente will open in the region over the next 18 months. Other new locations bringing this same approach to design, medical excellence, and care transformation will include Friendship Heights, Lutherville-Timonium and Hyattsville in Maryland, and Springfield and Caton Hill in Virginia.
“The opening of the Bowie Fairwood Medical Center highlights our unique and integrated approach to providing quality health care and access to specialists. This integrated approach also offers our patients in and around Prince George’s County a new facility to not only receive medical care, but to improve their total health,” said Ruth Williams-Brinkley, president of Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we witnessed the importance of access to both physical and mental health services, confirming the importance of our integrated, holistic approach. We are proud to expand our Kaiser Permanente delivery system with the opening of this modern, health care center that brings an array of physical and mental health services closer to our members in Prince Georges County.”
The Bowie Fairwood Medical Center, which is located at 5400 Hillmeade Road, will be Kaiser Permanente’s fifth medical center in Prince George’s County and the health system’s 34th medical center in the region. Patients at Bowie Fairwood will have onsite access to the integrated, high-quality care Kaiser Permanente’s delivery system is recognized for both in the mid-Atlantic region and nationally. Services provided at Bowie Fairwood by Kaiser Permanente’s integrated team will include primary care, behavioral health, obstetrics-gynecology, allergy, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology/imaging services, making access to quality health care and services convenient for members in the area.
“We know when patients get their care from us, they live longer, better lives. We are thrilled to expand our practice in Prince George’s County so that those who live or work near Bowie will now have even easier access to our outstanding Permanente physicians,” said Richard McCarthy, MD, executive medical director for Kaiser Permanente. “Whether we’re treating cancer, controlling diabetes or managing hypertension, we make sure our patients with these conditions have better survival and lower morality rates. As the region’s largest, coordinated medical group, Permanente physicians work together across specialties and leverage the latest technology to provide the best care in the nation.”
The new Bowie Fairwood medical facility will increase access to care for Kaiser Permanente members who live or work in the area. The new facility, along with the additional new medical centers that Kaiser Permanente will open in the region, will offer:
- Virtual or onsite access to more than 1,700 Permanente physicians who are board-certified across 50 subspecialties including oncology, thoracic surgery, interventional radiology and more
- New technology allowing faster check-in, smoother patient handoffs between care departments and text alerts on wait times
- Exam rooms outfitted with the latest technology, such as chairs that can weigh patients when they sit and then recline into an exam table
- Building design that allows for easy and efficient growth as the needs of patients change and number of patients grow
- Collaboration-focused workspaces allowing the care team to work together more efficiently
- Community-focused space such as walking paths, green space public transportation access and meeting rooms
- A focus on wellness – including two outdoor courtyards to relax, eat lunch or take a walk to the adjacent public park, and the Thrive Staircase, which wraps around the elevators and is designed to promote physical activity by encouraging staff, members and visitors to take the stairs and enjoy the view into the courtyard.
Kaiser Permanente currently has 182,600 members in Prince George’s County, an increase of more than 80,000 members since 2008. The new Bowie Fairwood Medical Center is expected to care for 10,000 Kaiser Permanente members.
The care provided at the new Bowie Fairwood Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente’s 33 other facilities across the region results in earlier detection and better treatment of diseases such as heart disease, stroke and breast cancer, resulting in lives saved among its members each year. For example, data analysis shows that if everyone in the U.S. screened women for breast cancer using Kaiser Permanente’s approach, 9,000 fewer women would die each year. And if everyone managed hypertension as well as Kaiser Permanente, there would be 170,000 fewer heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. every year.
Kaiser Permanente members benefit from high-quality, award-winning care from top Permanente Medicine doctors. For the ninth year in a row, Kaiser Permanente’s Mid-Atlantic region received 5 out of 5 stars from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for its 2021 Medicare health plan and was the only health plan in the nation to receive 5 out of 5 for its private/commercial plan from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
About Kaiser Permanente
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