Planned Parenthood breaks ground on East County health facility
Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) held a groundbreaking event on Thursday, Oct. 3, to celebrate construction of its newest health center at 14601 S.E. Division St., in the former site of Duke's Country Bar & Grill.
PPCW is the largest nonprofit provider of sexual and reproductive health care and youth education programs in Oregon and Southwest Washington, a spokesman said.
The Elsie H. Hillman East Portland Health Center is scheduled to open in late spring 2020. The 9,100-square-foot site was identified based on research in response to healthcare demands and unmet needs of East Multnomah County, Gresham and surrounding communities. It will replace the Southeast Portland Health Center at 3231 S.E. 50th Ave., in Portland, which is PPCW's busiest location and provides more than 18,000 patient visits annually.
The state-of-the-art center will feature an education and community space to host events with community partners in East Portland; a large waiting area for patients equipped with WiFi; light that simulates the outdoors; an individually controlled sound system in each of the 12 exam rooms; and rooftop solar panels that will target 80% of the building's electricity.
"The new Elsie H. Hillman East Portland Health Center represents the future model of care, offering expanded sexual and reproductive health services," says Anne Udall, president and CEO of PPCW. "It is not only transformative for PPCW, but more importantly, to expand our healthcare services to better meet the needs of a vibrant and racially-, ethnically- and language-diverse community."
Planned Parenthood announced in 2017 that Henry Lea Hillman Jr., who lives in Portland, along with his daughters, Juliet and Summer, and siblings Juliet, Audrey and William, have generously committed $1.15 million to create the center.
The center will be named after Henry's mother, Elsie H. Hillman (1925-2015), who the organization said "epitomized the best of philanthropy" as a "pioneer and a political leader, who helped to elect school board members as well as U.S. presidents. Her political work, civic activities and philanthropic efforts were always intertwined."
Several benefactors of the project attended the groundbreaking, including Juliet Hillman, along with members of PPCW's Board of Directors and staff.
The new health center will offer high-quality, low-cost preventive sexual and reproductive healthcare services, including:
- low-cost birth control
- STD testing and treatment
- emergency contraception
- annual visits
- Pap tests and breast/cervical cancer screenings
- abortion care
- miscarriage management
- PpEP, and
- gender-affirming hormone care
"Planned Parenthood believes that all people and their families deserve the highest quality of care no matter who they are or where they live," said Gresham City Councilor Eddy Morales, who serves on PPCW's Board of Directors. "While health disparities in racial and ethnically diverse communities remain a serious issue, we are committed to working with the communities we serve to transform our world from one divided by disparities to a world united by health equity. We know that when people are truly cared for, they make their lives, their families and their communities better and healthier."
The Elsie H. Hillman center is conveniently located close to TriMet bus route 20 and within two miles of the MAX Blue Line.
Since 1963, PPCW said it has successfully carried out its mission of providing, promoting and protecting access to quality reproductive and sexual health care. Each year, PPCW provides more than 74,500 patient visits at its seven health centers.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 888.576.PLAN (7526) or visit PPCW.org.
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