INDIANAPOLIS, IN– Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands (PPGNHI) announced today the official merger with Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK), creating Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawai‘i, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky (PPGNHAIK). The merger further strengthens the organization’s ability to provide quality sexual and reproductive health care, education, and advocacy throughout the six-state region, which also includes parts of Idaho and Washington state.
In February 2019, the two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding and agreed to conduct the due diligence process with the intent to merge. On December 5, 2020, PPGNHI and PPINK’s Board of Directors approved the merger, and on April 1, 2021 the merger was finalized.
“I have worked closely with Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands over the past 18 months as this merger has come to fruition, and in this time, I have only grown increasingly proud of this newly formed six-state affiliate,” said Michael Carter, PPGNHAIK board member. “The strengths of both affiliates are apparent and will now serve as a large-scale force in health care innovation, political advocacy, and sex education. Here in Indiana, we are ranked second in the nation for the number of abortion restrictions, and I know we have the strength and the power to fight back against these attacks, while preparing for our future.”
“We are thrilled to be formally merged and we look forward to continuing to bring high-quality, expert care across our six states,” said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of PPGNHAIK. "This geographically diverse merger brings value to our patients and new opportunities to our employees because we can centralize functions in our health centers, build and collaborate in our advocacy work, and strengthen existing relationships in communities through our sex education programs. We have been through a lot together this past year as we have gone through a lengthy merger process, and even in times of crisis we knew we would be partners together in this work in service to our mission, and the thousands of patients we serve each year.”
The combined organization will operate a total of 40 health centers across Alaska, Hawai‘i, Southern Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky and Western Washington. Health centers in these merged affiliates served more than 140,000 people in 2019 with a full range of high-quality sexual and reproductive health care.
The merger is part of a larger plan to expand access to quality health care for the broader community and to quickly and effectively meet the growing demands for health care services.
“By coming together, our affiliate strives to provide care across our six states, without fail. We are stronger together,” said Terri Pickens Manweiler, PPGNHAIK Board Chair.
Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawai‘i, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky (PPGNHAIK) is a leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. The organization operates 40 health centers in Alaska, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, and Western Washington and provides medical services and sexuality education for thousands of people each year. Planned Parenthood is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and relies heavily on charitable donations to ensure our patients' ability to determine their own destinies and receive the health care they need.