Arizona: Planned Parenthood Plans Eight New Centers, Expansions
September 1, 2006
In response to a booming population and growing demand for services, Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona is undertaking a $2.4 million project to add or upgrade eight health centers around the greater Phoenix area and elsewhere in the state.
Statewide, Planned Parenthood has 17 full-service centers, with 12 in the Phoenix Valley, offering gynecological services, HIV/STD testing, STD treatment, contraception, medications, sterilizations, and abortions. The agency says it charges about 20-25 percent less than other providers; most patients are insured or pay by other means, and one-fourth are subsidized.
Annually, the agency's existing centers serve about 57,000 people, logging 85,000 patient visits. Double-digit increases in demand from July 2005 to July 2006, and about 350,000 inquiries fielded at its year-old call center, prompted the expansion.
Three new facilities are planned for the southeast Valley, the northwest Valley, and the north Scottsdale area. Centers in Tempe, Maryvale, and Glendale will be expanded. A new center is slated for Mojave County, and a center expansion is planned for the Prescott area in Yavapai County.
Tempe will be expanded first, with construction beginning in the coming weeks. Then the Maryvale center, the agency's busiest location serving about 8,000 patients a year, will be expanded at a new site. President and CEO Bryan Howard hopes to expand in the eastern and western Valley, though no locations are firm yet. About half the budget for the expansions and new sites has been raised to date.
Arizona Republic (Phoenix)
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