***For Immediate Release***
December 9th, 2010 (DES MOINES, IA) – Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and Planned Parenthood of East Central Iowa (PPECI) have signed a management contract with intent to merge into one affiliate sometime in 2011. The expanded organization will be named Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.
"Every year we have done more and more collaborative work with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland,” says Vanessa Solesbee, PPECI Board Chair. "We have reached the point where it makes more sense for the expansion of services to begin with the merger discussion. During these economic times of great need, we want to continue to make more services available to our clients. This is an exciting growth opportunity for us both.”
Jill June, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, and the interim leader of PPECI, will be the president and CEO of the newly merged organization. The joint administrative office will remain in Des Moines, Iowa.
“PPECI and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland have the same mission: to provide affordable, accessible health care, sexual health education, and advocacy for the rights of our clients. Merging into one affiliate will provide an opportunity to expand services for women, men and families in eastern Iowa,” says June.
The expanded organization will offer new services including adoption, sexual assault exams, male services, age appropriate education programs and more.
After the merger in complete, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will have health centers located throughout Nebraska and 91counties in Iowa. The new affiliate will operate a total of twenty-one health centers in Iowa, four health centers in Nebraska and three Education Resource Centers in Des Moines, Lincoln and Omaha.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has served women and men of all ages in the Heartland since the mid-1930s. Today the agency offers a full range of quality reproductive health care services to residents in Nebraska, 86 Iowa counties and three counties in Illinois through 23 medical centers and Education and Resource Centers located in Des Moines, Lincoln and Omaha.