Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will close Mt. Pleasant office Dec. 12
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland announced closure of four health centers in Iowa, including, Mt. Pleasant and discontinuing family practice services, effective Dec. 12.
In addition to Mt. Pleasant, health centers will be closed in Washington, Ft. Dodge and Ankeny.
“The board had to make many difficult decisions, but to remain a strong, viable organization we need to change how we are operating to better meet the needs of our patients,” Bob Shaw, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland board chair, said. “The demographics of our patient base are shifting. Our organization must focus our limited resources where our patients are located.”
Shaw said that the four Iowa centers being closed were not high-volume centers.
“Fewer than 10 percent of our Iowa patients visit the Ankeny, Ft. Dodge, Mt. Pleasant and Washington health centers,” he noted. “These health centers are open very limited hours, causing many patients to schedule a more convenient at a health center nearby. Reorganizing our health centers allows us to provide more direct services and expanded clinic hours at our other health centers.”
Jill June, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland president and CEO, said the decision was not an easy one. “While this decision was certainly not easy, it is our responsibility to make tough decisions today so we can provide essential services to our patients tomorrow and well into the future.
“We face many challenges with the evolving health care system, hostile political environments and restricted funding programs,” June continued. “While there will be many changes, the one thing that will always remain the same is that Planned Parenthood will be here for our patients.”
Following the closures on Dec. 12, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will have 21 health centers, including 16 across Iowa.