Health care giant Kaiser Permanente said Tuesday it would open a sports medicine clinic beside Sacramento’s new downtown basketball arena to serve both Kings players and the public.
Kaiser said it had signed an agreement with the Kings for 18,000 square feet of space in the team’s practice center next door to the arena.
“We are proud to be part of the revitalization of downtown Sacramento,” said Sandy Sharon, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente Sacramento, in a news release. “This is the third major investment we’ve announced in this area – all as part of our focus on providing convenient, easy access to care in modern, innovative facilities.”
In December 2014, Kaiser bought a six-story, 210,000-square-foot building across from the arena at Fifth and J streets to be used for medical offices. It’s expected to open in 2018.
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Last summer, Kaiser announced plans to relocate its aging hospital on Morse Avenue to 18 acres in the Sacramento Railyard.
The facility at Golden 1 Center will be used to diagnose and treat injuries related to sports or recreational activities, Kaiser said. The clinic will also focus on early intervention and correcting athletic performance and training to prevent injuries.
It will include a 7,000-square-foot gym and simulated environments to rehabilitate patients injured while playing basketball, soccer, football, baseball and golf or running.
“Whether you are an elite professional basketball player, a high school student wanting to play at the next level, or just trying to run your first 5k, this will be the place to come to make sure you are performing at your very best,” Jason Brayley, chief of sports medicine for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento and team physician to the Kings, said in the statement.