KP opens 5-story IT center, hangs out 'now hiring' sign

New IT center means new job opportunities

GREENWOOD VILLAGE -- While Kaiser-Permanente is toasting the opening of its new five-story IT center in Greenwood Village, the prettier image for Colorado job-seekers may be the “now hiring” sign hanging in the window.

At the ribbon-cutting party, company officials announced KP is actively recruiting to fill 95 positions by the end of the year, including solutions architects, managers and directors, software developers, project and program managers, and programmers.

Nearly 350 employees are now working at the new IT center and the company expects to double that number by 2015.

Job applicants can apply for a position here.

Local and national company executives joined officials from the metro Denver business community to celebrate the grand opening of the center Aug. 23. The building is located 6560 Greenwood Plaza Blvd.

"As health care evolves, there is an increased demand for IT solutions and support to deliver quality patient care," said Phil Fasano, executive vice president and chief information officer. "This new IT location is a center of excellence where best in class employees use technology to ensure the delivery of high-quality, affordable health care to Kaiser Permanente members living in Colorado and across the country."

KP-IT-centerThe building includes an independently operated deli and a Montessori childcare center. A fitness center is planned on the building’s garden level in 2014.

The center is KP's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold-certified building in Colorado. The LEED certification system awards points for features such as site sustainability, water and energy use, materials and resources and indoor air quality.

"Kaiser Permanente's continued expansion plans in Colorado, including the opening of this IT center and new medical offices throughout the Front Range, directly benefit the communities we serve," said Donna Lynne, DrPH, president of Kaiser Permanente Colorado. "We are pleased to provide a sustained boost to Colorado's economy."

According to executives, Kaiser Permanente’s HealthConnect is the largest non-governmental medical record system in the world. The system enables KP's 16,000 physicians to electronically access the medical records of all 9 million Kaiser Permanente members nationwide.

More than 4.3 million members are also registered to use KP’s personal online portal, called My Health Manager, on the company’s website. Using that system members can make appointments, order prescription refills, view lab test results, and even view children's immunization records. The company’s IT department manages the technical infrastructure of both HealthConnect and My Health Manager.

The company also says it leads the nation in electronic health record implementation with 36 Stage 7 Awards from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The awards honor hospitals that have achieved the highest level of electronic health record implementation.

With more than 6,000 employees in Colorado, Kaiser Permanente is one of the state's largest private employers. In 2011, the health care provider hired 140 employees to staff its state-of-the-art Member Service Call Center in the Lowry neighborhood. This December, Kaiser Permanente will open a new multi-specialty center in Lone Tree, where approximately 130 positions will be new hires.