The health center, which has been in the same location for more than 15 years, was completely modernized and expanded from 1,900 to 3,300 square feet. The waiting room is colorful and full of comfortable coffeehouse-style seating with plugs for electronic equipment. The exam rooms have been equipped with everything staff members need to care for a patient in one location and health care providers are able to collaborate in a central work space surrounded by six exam rooms.
“We paid attention to everything from the hook on the back of the door in exam rooms to the number of steps staff takes to complete a visit,” said Lori Keim, senior director of business initiatives, who oversaw the expansion. “This attention to detail allows our staff to spend the most time possible with patients.”
This expansion will allow the clinic to provide birth control, STD testing and treatment, abortion, UTI testing and treatment, and more to the people in Mission Bay and the surrounding communities. Last year, their staff provided patients with 11,000 visits at this health center. The health center now has the capacity to handle 20,000 patient visits each year.
“We are dedicated to providing care for people in this area because we know there are a lot of young people in this region who need no-cost and low-cost reproductive health services,” Keim said. “We’ve been in this region for 15 years, and we plan to be there for years to come.”
Bay Ho residents and longtime Planned Parenthood supporters, Pat Wilson and Greg Rose, made a generous donation that enabled the expansion to the health center. Susanna Flaster, a board member and longtime supporter, also gave a generous contribution to expand this center. The health center was renamed in honor of Flaster’s mother, Mimi Brien.