Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has announced the closure of two clinics in southwest Iowa.
Creston and Red Oak satellite clinics offered limited health services by appointment only for sexually transmitted infection testing, birth control method changes and telemedicine abortions.
Angie Remington, public relations manager at Planned Parenthood, said this morning the closures comes because of “a shift in needs and resources.”
“Both Creston and Red Oak (clinics) have had declining patient numbers in recent years,” Remington said. “Since December, when we went to appointment only in Creston, we are averaging about one patient per month. The cost of sending a clinician there was not fiscally responsible. So, we will be closing that clinic and shifting our resources to more densely populated areas.”
Creston’s office used to serve patients in all or parts of eight counties in southwest and central Iowa. With this closure, local patients will be referred to clinics in either Des Moines, Urbandale or Council Bluffs.
For questions or more information, patients can call 1-877-811-7526.