Planned Parenthood office set to close (Sturgis Journal)

Published December 25, 2011 on

By Rosalie Currier


Published: 12.25.11| Updated: 12.29.11

Sturgis, Mich. — As of Jan. 1, Planned Parenthood will not have an office in St. Joseph County.

The agency has already closed its Hillsdale and Sturgis offices and is moving out of Three Rivers and Coldwater as well.

“These closings in no way alter our commitment to the many families in this region who are one unplanned pregnancy away from economic disaster,” said Bob MacKenzie, vice president of medical business development of Planned Parenthood, in a statement to the Journal.

The move is related to funding.

Planned Parenthood was awarded the state Title X funding through 2015, said Steve Todd, health officer for the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency.

But apparently, it isn’t enough to keep the doors open.

“Staggering reductions in federal and state funding over the past two years have demanded that we optimize our resources,”  MacKenzie said.

Planned#Parenthood will continue to offer cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of STDs, breast health services and pap tests.

“We have notified our patients that they can continue to receive seamless, high quality care at our health centers in nearby Kalamazoo or Battle Creek,” MacKenzie said.

Closings do not affect Planned Parenthood’s eligibility to receive Title X funds, he said.
Sturgis Hospital had leased space to Planned Parenthood at the Grobhiser building. That lease expired in May, said Rob LaBarge, Sturgis Hospital CEO.

“Our primary concern was providing patients access to family planning services, and as this is a service our medical community can provide, we decided to consider other options for the space and therefore did not renew the lease,” LaBarge said.

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