PASADENA ( — 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.

READ MORE: Thousands Attend Procession Carrying Remains Of 20-Year-Old Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, Killed In Kabul, To Riverside Mortuary

“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.”

READ MORE: Robert Durst, New York Real Estate Scion, Convicted Of 1st Degree Murder In Death Of Longtime Friend Susan Berman

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.

MORE NEWS: Stars Show Out To Celebrate Emmy Nominations Ahead Of Big Show

(©2016 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)