Kaiser planning surgery center in Folsom, marking the city’s third big health care expansion

Kaiser Permanente announced an expansion into Folsom Tuesday, saying that it will build a comprehensive care center that will feature a surgery center, an urgent care clinic and more than 90 clinical offices.

The proposal makes Kaiser the third major health system to announce an expansion in the fast-growing city over the past two years.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to providing exceptional care to Folsom residents and the surrounding communities and this new facility will allow us to provide specialty care in a convenient outpatient setting,” said Kim Menzel, senior vice president for Kaiser Roseville and area manager.

Kaiser members will be able to access a variety of care at the new 260,000-square-feet facility: adult and family medicine, imaging, mental health, pharmacy, physical therapy, oncology, and more.

Kaiser leaders said they do not have a timeline for opening the comprehensive care center because they are still going through the approval process. They did not provide an estimate on construction costs.

The four-story care center will sit on a property adjacent to the Folsom Ambulatory Surgery Unit that Kaiser Permanente built at 285 Palladio Parkway roughly 15 years ago. Company leaders estimated the new facility would bring 400 permanent jobs to the local economy.

Folsom Mayor Kerri Howell said that city leaders were thrilled that Kaiser had chosen to expand in the city.

“The addition of more medical providers, specialty care services such as mental health, oncology, and urgent care, and well-paying jobs will continue to keep Folsom as one of the most desired and best places to live,” Howell said.

Both Dignity Health and UC Davis Health also have announced major capital expenditures in Folsom. In mid-2020, Dignity announced it would begin work on a medical office building that would have an outpatient surgery center and imaging rooms. UC Davis Health said last year that it is planning a micro-hospital, ambulatory surgery center, outpatient medical office building and hotel on a 34.5-acre site in Folsom.