Kaiser Permanente now open in Santa Cruz County

In its first new market expansion in Northern California in more than two decades, Kaiser Permanente on Tuesday opened three new medical offices to serve its 5,800 current members who live in Santa Cruz County.

Until now, they have received their medical care at Kaiser’s facilities in nearby counties.

“For years, people have been asking us to open something, and here we are,’’ said Irene Chavez, Kaiser Permanente senior vice president and area manager of the new offices located in Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. (The Mercury News)