Thursday, September 8, 2011

Rehobeth Planned Parenthood CLOSED

The Rehoboth Beach office of Planned Parenthood in the Mid-way Shopping Center closed abruptly Sept. 1.

Emily Knearl, vice president of public affairs for Planned Parent-hood of Delaware, said the center closed because it was not serving enough patients.

She said Planned Parenthood has informed patients it would close and provided a list of providers patients can now go to.

The Rehoboth facility provid-ed birth control services, emer-gency contraception, HIV test-ing, pregnancy and STD testing and hepatitis vaccines, among other services. Abortion services were not provided.

Carrie Keane, a midwife with Bayside Health Association who also worked part- time at the Re-hoboth Planned Parenthood fa-cility, said the facility faced finan-cial problems. The Rehoboth fa-cility did not have a clinician on staff. She said patient records are
being transferred to the Dover and Newark off ices. All patients at the Rehoboth facility can go to either of those two offices to continue care.

Keane said Planned Parent-hood was looking at possibly finding another location in Sus-sex County, one with lower rent that was already suitable as a clinic so that the organization
would continue to have a pres-ence here.

Knearl said, ' Planned Parent-hood is saddened by the closure and hopes to offer sexual and re-productive health services again in Sussex County. In the interim, Planned Parenthood will contin-ue to serve Sussex County with a variety of education classes and community outreach.”
By Ryan Mavity
Cape Gazette

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