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John Muir Health planning move to old CVS building

By Maggie Sharpe
Staff writer


John Muir Health (JMH) Outpatient Center on Rossmoor Parkway is moving into the old CVS building in the Rossmoor Shopping Center.

The building that’s currently home to JMH at 1220 Rossmoor Parkway is owned by the Golden Rain Foundation.

“John Muir Health has notified us that they do not intend to renew their lease at the medical center,” said GRF CEO Tim O’Keefe. “They are in discussions with another landlord about moving into a smaller space nearby. Our lease with JMH expires August 2020.”

News photo by Dan Rosenstrauch
The old CVS building will be the new home of John Muir Health Outpatient Center.

O’Keefe said that GRF has retained the services of Collier’s International to market the building to another tenant.

“Collier’s is currently evaluating the condition of the building and will be providing their recommendations to improve the building’s marketability,” said O’Keefe.

Laura Kazaglis, vice president of Primary Care Operations for JMH, said, “We are excited to announce our new planned clinic location, where we will continue to provide high-quality health care services.”

Kazaglis added that JMH recently submitted an application to the Walnut Creek Planning Commission to occupy the shopping center’s old CVS building, which is currently home to the seasonal Spirit Halloween store.

If approved, the new location would open in late 2020. Until that time, the clinic will remain open in its current location.

“The core and shell of the CVS building have been renovated by the shopping center owners as part of their overall center improvements,” said Kazaglis. “We will be designing and building out the interior space in the building.”

JMH has been at its Rossmoor Parkway location for 15 years, but Kazaglis said the building has more space than JMH needs or can use.

“As John Muir Health and the health care industry as a whole face increasing economic pressures, we began to look for a more efficient space where we could continue to offer patients high-quality care in a healing environment,” said Kazaglis. “The new location … provides convenient access and ample parking. With many other services in the newly redeveloped (shopping) center, it also offers one-stop shopping for patients.”

The new location will include multiple exam rooms, physical therapy space and lab services, according to JMH.

“The capacity of the proposed location will accommodate the same volume of patients we see today and gives our team an opportunity to reach more patients through home visits and new digital offerings,” said Kazaglis. “All of the primary care physicians at our Rossmoor Parkway location will be transferring to the new location. We will also be looking to add physicians based on demand.”

JMH added that there will be space for specialist physicians to see patients. The types of specialists will be determined based on community need.

Some independent medical providers currently sub-lease space at the Rossmoor Parkway location.

“We provided notice of our intent to relocate to tenants that have been sub-leasing space in the building so that they have plenty of time to make alternative arrangements,” said Kazaglis. “This could include leasing space directly from the Golden Rain Foundation or finding new office space.”

Kazaglis said that JMH appreciates the business relationship they’ve developed with GRF.

“We hope that receiving significant advance notice will allow them to identify new tenants or explore development opportunities that continue to serve the community,” said Kazaglis. “We look forward to caring for the Tice Valley/Rossmoor community and surrounding areas for many years to come.”

If patients or residents have questions, they may call JMH at 925-939-1220.