Planned Parenthood affiliates in Indiana, Kentucky merge to strengthen services, ensure reproductive health care remains accessible, affordable
Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) and Planned Parenthood of Kentucky (PPKY) on June 10 announced that, effective July 1, 2013, their nonprofits are merging to strengthen services in both states and ensure reproductive health care remains accessible and affordable.
The new nonprofit, which will be known as Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK), will serve patients at 28 health center locations across the two states. All of the centers will offer preventive health care services such as Pap tests, breast and testicular exams, STD testing and treatment, birth control and pregnancy tests.
“Both PPIN and PPKY have been trusted providers of reproductive health care for more than 80 years. Our patients and supporters can count on our newly integrated team to be smart and do good, just as we have the past eight decades,” said Betty Cockrum, the president and CEO of PPIN who will serve in the same role for the merged organization. “The synergies introduced with this merger create a tremendous opportunity to better serve both Indiana and Kentucky through lifesaving preventive health care and honest, accurate education programs.”
Mergers are common both in the health care industry and within Planned Parenthood. At one time, the national Planned Parenthood family had more than 200 affiliates; there are now just 73. Both affiliates have experience with mergers. PPIN merged multiple times to become a statewide affiliate in 2004. Louisville and Lexington joined together in 2008 to become Planned Parenthood of Kentucky.