(WEST PALM BEACH) – Planned Parenthood of Greater Miami, Palm Beach and Treasure Coast today announced its official name change to Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast.  The announcement follows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s recent decision to expand the service area of the local affiliate to include Broward and Southern Palm Beach.  In order to serve the new area, the affiliate also announced plans to open a new health center in Boca Raton.

“After 37 years of excellence as a provider of reproductive health care, we are excited to offer even more people in South Florida our award-winning services. We continue to be the largest affiliate in Florida now serving more than 6.8 million residents,” says Lillian Tamayo, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast.  “We look forward to working with old and new supporters, alike, to continue to provide affordable, high-quality medical services to the entire South Florida and Treasure Coast region.”

The new health center is expected to open in December 2008 and will be located on West Glades Road in Boca Raton.  Services available at the new health center will include gynecological exams, cervical cancer detection, birth control access, HIV and sexually transmitted infection testing, and other related reproductive health care services.  The public can schedule appointments at all eight locations by calling 800-230-PLAN or visiting www.ppsoflo.org

“We are thrilled to be expanding and will continue to invest in the community to make it easier for residents to access our services,” says Tamayo.

Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast is the largest affiliate in the state of Florida, serving eight counties including Broward, Indian River, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie.  In addition, Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast is considered one of the leading affiliates in the U.S.     

Community members interested in making a financial contribution to support Planned Parenthood’s expansions can call 561-472-9969.  For more information about Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast health centers, please call 800-230-PLAN or visitwww.ppsoflo.org