Jefferson City Planned Parenthood to merge with Columbia center

Friday, November 11, 2011 | 5:42 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Jefferson City office of Planned Parenthood will close Nov. 30.

The services provided by the center, which was open on Tuesday and Thursday, will now be provided by the Columbia office on Providence Road, said Michelle Trupiano, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and mid-Missouri.

The centers are consolidating because management decided consolidation would be the best use of resources and the best decision for patients, Trupiano said.

Trupiano said patients in the Jefferson City area will be able to receive the same services and see the same health care providers because the Columbia staff has been the acting Jefferson City staff.

A nurse practitioner and a medical assistant have been traveling from Columbia to Jefferson City on its two open days to staff the center for budgetary reasons.

"We're a nonprofit, and it was just a matter of utilizing our resources in the most effective way for the community of mid-Missouri," Trupiano said.

The nurse practitioner and medical assistant will now work solely in Columbia.

Jefferson City residents who cannot travel to Columbia for care can go to the Cole County Health Department to find another provider, Trupiano said.

"We don't believe there will be any women who will not be able to access services," she said.

Services offered at Planned Parenthood include cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of STDs, pap tests, sexual health education and counseling.

The consolidation will allow the Columbia center to extend its hours and schedule more appointments, Trupiano said.

"(Patients) will possibly be able to get in sooner," she said. "It will benefit them for the fact that when they call, they can get an appointment the same day."

Trupiano said no services are being discontinued because of the closure and consolidation.

Abortion services are no longer available at the Columbia location because the doctor who provided them was called to active military duty in September

Planned Parenthood is working with doctors to restart abortion services soon, Trupiano said.

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