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Kaiser climbs aboard walk-in clinic bandwagon

Its combination medical and dental clinic will open at Walker Center while similar clinics join market


TIMES PHOTO: ERIC APALATEGUI - Kaiser Permanente Northwest will join the increasingly crowded field in the convenient health-care market when it opens a walk-in medical clinic at Beaverton's Walker Center shopping center next year.Kaiser Permanente Northwest will soon join an increasingly crowded field in the convenient health-care market when it opens a walk-in medical clinic at Beaverton's Walker Center shopping center next year.

Kaiser’s new clinic, which will be located on Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard, also will include a dental office built into a storefront in the same center that includes a Bed Bath & Beyond and Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

Kaiser announced its first entry into the convenience care market in February when it unveiled plans to open a clinic in Portland’s Pearl District, and Beaverton’s clinic marks a continuation of that trend while also integrating general and pediatric dental services, something that most similar health centers don’t offer.

Providence Health & Services entered the market in February when it opened its first Providence Express Care clinics inside Walgreens stores, including one in Raleigh Hills.

AFC Urgent Care Portland is close to entering the Beaverton market as well, with a clinic in the Hyland Hills Shopping Center on Southwest Allen Boulevard preparing to open in July.

Legacy Health also offers walk-in care at several GoHealth Urgent Care clinics in the area, and other centers and ZOOM+Care, Doctor’s Family Clinic & Immediate Care and Concentra Urgent Care also have clinics serving the growing market.

The growth of walk-in urgent and convenience health care is fueled in part by a lack of available appointments at traditional health care clinics and long waits at many emergency rooms, according to the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine, an industry association.