Planned Parenthood closing Bedford, Indiana health center
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky announced Thursday that it plans to close its Bedford health center.
The center at 717 Lincoln Ave. will close July 25, 2014.
Betty Cockrum, the organization's president and CEO, said Planned Parenthood tried to avoid closing the clinic, but was facing the prospect of increased medical costs and a decline in the number of patients.
About 900 patients were being served at the health center over the past few years. It has been open since 1975.
Cockrum says the number of patients coming in for Pap tests has decreased from 55,000 in 2004 to 9,000 in 2013 in Indiana and Kentucky due to changes in medical protocol. She said the organization currently provides more STD and pregnancy tests than Pap tests.
"Indiana and Kentucky still lag the nation in teen pregnancy rates and prevalence of cervical cancer. While we celebrate that more people are now insured or covered by Medicaid, hundreds of thousands are not," she said.
Affected patients have been encouraged to visit the following preventive health care centers:
421 S. College Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47403
Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
357 Tanger Blvd., Ste. 302
Seymour, IN 47274
Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Patients can also find other low-cost or income-based health centers by clicking here