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San Diego, CA - Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest (PPPSW) is proud to announce it has received a $10 million gift from philanthropists Joan and Irwin Jacobs. The landmark donation will help fund service expansion and increase patient access to reproductive and sexual health care. This investment comes at an especially crucial time, as access to abortion and sexual and reproductive health care continues to be increasingly restricted across the country.

The expansion will build on PPPSW’s already robust network of health centers, which includes the recently dedicated Planned Parenthood Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center in Kearny Mesa. This facility — which provides contraception, STI testing and treatment, cancer screening and treatment, gender-affirming hormone treatment, pregnancy tests, and abortion care — is the affiliate’s largest health center in San Diego County, and has the capacity to serve over 17,000 patient visits per year. The location also houses the state-of-the-art Grant Rose Wilson Training Center, PPPSW’s first facility dedicated to training reproductive health care providers.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sunday, July 10, to announce the renaming of the Planned Parenthood Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center. 

Statement from Darrah DiGiorgio Johnson, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest:

“We can’t overstate the positive impact this gift will have on communities throughout our service region. Joan and Irwin Jacobs are visionaries and longtime champions of access to essential health care, and we are so grateful for their support.” 

Statement from Dr. Antoinette Marengo, Chief Medical Officer of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest:

“This training center is a groundbreaking advance for our affiliate. Not only will the centralization of training enable our health center staff to see more patients, but we’ll be educating and inspiring the next generation of compassionate providers.”