PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — Kaiser Permanente plans to build a medical school in Pasadena to open in 2019.

The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine will be built at 94 S. Los Robles Ave. on land that Kaiser already owns, adjacent to the Kaiser Permanente Department of Research and Evaluation. Groundbreaking is planned for next year.

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“Pasadena is a vibrant and diverse community,” Kaiser Chairman and Chief Executive Bernard Tyson said in a statement issued from the healthcare giant’s headquarters in Oakland. “That diversity is essential to the model of medical education we want to establish as we prepare physicians for the practice of medicine in the 21st century.”

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Central Pasadena was chosen because it is close to major freeways, public transport, affordable housing and is within several miles of other Kaiser facilities where students will be trained, according to Kaiser officials.

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