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Planned Parenthood Health Center Opens in Juneau, Alaska

Family Planning, STI Screening Among Services

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Brian Cutler (206) 328-7737


Published: 02.06.09| Updated: 02.06.09

Alaska’s capital city of Juneau welcomes its first Planned Parenthood health center when the doors open for patients on Thursday, February 12th. The new facility is the 29th health center for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGNW), which operates in Alaska, Idaho, and western Washington.

With approximately 1,850 square feet of space, three exam rooms, a recovery room, a small lab, and an area for reception and waiting, the new health center will offer a variety of services for the city’s 30 thousand-plus citizens. Services include breast and pelvic exams, cancer-screening Pap smears, high-blood pressure screening, diabetes screening, testing for sexually transmitted infections, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, hormone-replacement therapy for mid-life women, colposcopy, cryotherapy, limited family practice, family planning education and appropriate medical and social-service referrals. The new health center will also offer first trimester surgical and medication abortion services.

The new Juneau health center is located at 3241 Glacier Highway. “This is a perfect location,” says Clover Simon, PPGNW Vice President of Alaska, “because it sits adjacent to the city’s other medical facilities.” Other Alaska locations with PPGNW health centers are in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Sitka, and Soldotna.

PPGNW offers affordable health care and make every effort to accommodate everyone who seeks their help. They offer many services on a sliding fee scale and will bill Medicaid and most insurance providers.

Placing a health center in Alaska’s capital city makes a statement. “Our first thought, naturally, was the patients,” says Chris Charbonneau, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, “This is a large population where medical and educational services are needed. But it also informs state and civic leaders that this is a new era for Planned Parenthood in the state of Alaska, and we’re here to stay.”

Appointments for services can be made online at www.ppgnw.org/appt or by calling (800) 230-PLAN.

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Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is the region’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. We believe everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest operates 29 health centers in Alaska, Idaho, and western Washington, providing medical services and sexuality education for thousands of women, men, and teenagers each year. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.  We rely heavily on support from donors to help sustain responsible reproduction.

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