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Kaiser to build new hospital in Kearny Mesa

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Kaiser Permanente will build its new San Diego hospital in Kearny Mesa, the health care organization announced Thursday.

The site at 5201 Ruffin Road, just south of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, is currently home to the county Registrar of Voters Office. It was selected over another potential location on the Alliant University campus in Scripps Ranch.

"Kaiser Permanente has experienced significant growth in San Diego over the past few years, a trend we anticipate will continue in the future -- particularly as national health care reform is implemented," said Mary Ann Barnes, senior vice president and executive director for KP in San Diego.

The hospital is one of several new facilities Kaiser plans to build around the county, Barnes said.

KP officials said they will buy the land from the county. The Registrar of Voters Office will move to property recently purchased by the county on nearby Chesapeake Drive, county spokeswoman Sarah Gordon said.

The proposed Scripps Ranch location had drawn some opposition from area residents concerned about worsening traffic.

The company hopes to open the new hospital in 2018. A Kaiser spokesman said the company will keep the current hospital on Zion Street in Grantville, but will have to decide what to do with the facility before 2030, when new state laws on seismic safety go into effect.

The KP project will join a number of other new medical facilities being built in the county, including a new hospital for Palomar Pomerado Health in Escondido. Scripps Health is working on a 25-year renovation of Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, which would include the seven-story Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, a facility that will be made available to Kaiser patients.

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