Impact of Planned Parenthood Closure

POSTED: Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 7:05am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:24pm

For the past 72 years, Planned Parenthood has been a huge provider of healthcare for women in El Paso.

Then this past Friday, the organization announced money trouble was forcing it to close its El Paso operations.

Just hours before closing their doors, workers were handing out flyers telling patients where to go for help. On that list of providers was Texas Tech. We talked to Dr. Heidi Lyn who says her staff is already treating about 160 patients a day, but will be able to handle a bigger load.

"We have new residents coming in, we also have mid-level providers here, midwives, and nurse practitioners available to see patients, so we don't anticipate having a problem. We also have the faculty see patients in their practices, " Dr. Lyn says.

As for the patients? Dr. Lyn says there are a number of programs available in the community that can provide affordable health care, but she says the change will take a little getting used to.

"I think the services are available for all of the patients. The main thing is women are looking for a provider they have confidence in and they can trust and it's always hard to start over, "says Lyn.

It is a new era in health care that many in the community will have to adjust to.

For the center's open letter to patients, including a list of doctors and services click on the following link: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/centerDetails.asp?f=2589&...

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