Statement from Melissa Reed, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone
After careful consideration, Planned Parenthood Keystone has made the difficult strategic decision to consolidate health services by closing two centers located in Easton and Bristol to reduce the costs of duplication associated with running two sites in close proximity to others. This decision was not made lightly. It resulted from careful analysis of where our patients live and seek medical care as well as an assessment of how best to ensure the longevity and strength of existing health centers, in order to offer the highest level of patient care for years to come.
While closing health centers is always a difficult decision, this particular action will allow Planned Parenthood Keystone to focus our medical expertise on expanding services and extending our center hours.
Planned Parenthood Keystone has provided reproductive and sexual health services like annual exams, Pap tests, birth control, and STI testing and treatment to the communities of Bristol and Easton for decades. Our commitment to these communities remains strong and we have every intention of making sure that we are able to continue to serve them for years to come, no matter what.
Planned Parenthood Keystone (PPKey) is a non-partisan 501 c(3) organization that operates 10 medical centers serving a 37-county region, providing essential health care services and sexuality education to over 40,000 women, men, and young people each year. Medical services include birth control, annual gynecological exams, STD testing and treatment, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing and options referrals, abortion care, cancer screening and treatment, confidential HIV/AIDS testing, male services and more. Medical centers are located in Allentown, Bensalem, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Quakertown, Reading, Stroudsburg, Warminster, Wilkes-Barre, and York. Visit www.planitpa.org for more information. PPKey is an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America – the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate and provider.