***For Immediate Release***
June 24th, 2011 (DES MOINES, IA) – Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (PP Heartland) and Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma (PPAEO) have signed a management contract with intent to merge into one affiliate by January 1, 2012.
"We are excited to join PP Heartland in a new, multi-state affiliate that will be stronger and more efficient," said PPAEO Board Chair Kathy Sparks.
"We are transforming operations to ensure we are here for the women and men who need and want our services."
Jill June, the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, will be the interim President of PPAEO. The joint administrative office will continue to be located in Des Moines, Iowa.
"This is an exciting opportunity for both organizations. Our communities deserve access to affordable quality health care. The merger will allow us to expand our service offerings to more people in need of care," said June.
The expanded organization will offer new services including adoption, sexual assault exams, male services, LGBT care, age appropriate education programs and more.
After the merger is complete, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will have approximately 30 health centers located throughout Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has served women and men of all ages in the Heartland since the 1930s. Today the agency offers a full range of quality reproductive health care services to residents in Nebraska, ninety-two Iowa counties and three counties in Illinois through twenty-four medical centers and Education and Resource Centers located in Des Moines, Lincoln and Omaha.