Kaiser Permanente has opened a new medical office building in Carmel Valley that it expects will serve more than 157,000 residents in La Jolla, Carmel Valley and other parts of the North County.

The 50,000-square-foot, two-story building houses 20 primary care offices and 10 specialty care services that include cardiology, dermatology, radiology and neurology. A pharmacy, lab and diagnostic services are also available at the site.

The health system is also opening its first Women’s Center in Southern California at the new building, which will offer cosmetic procedures, lactation consultation, mammography, obstetrics and gynecology.

Kaiser Permanente said in a statement that the new medical office is part of its expansion plan to provide more access to care throughout San Diego.

The building’s ribbon cutting ceremony, held August 14, was attended by County Supervisor Dave Roberts and by Jerry Sanders, former mayor of San Diego and current CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

— Meghana Keshavan