Last week, officials with Planned Parenthood’s Asheville Health Center announced they would be moving from their Biltmore Avenue location later this year. The Mountain Xpress reported:
Speaking to the nearly 100 people who paid $135 to attend the nonprofit’s fundraising event on Thursday night in downtown Asheville, Planned Parenthood’s interim CEO Bonnie Smith told the crowd, “After 35 years in Asheville, we have leased and we have rented, and we have moved from one facility to the other. Now, we will have the permanence and stability that comes from owning a health center.” After cheers and applause from the audience, she continued, “It will enable us to meet the challenges of health care reform and, most importantly, it will ensure that we will continue the Planned Parenthood promise for generations to come.”
Though the exact location of the future health center has not been disclosed at this time, Nina Rajagopalan, development resource associate for Planned Parenthood, said securing the building has been part of a long-term vision for the local affiliate.
“We see such a need in this community, not just in Asheville, but in areas surrounding Asheville. From teens to women in their teens, 30s and 40s, people rely on these services; and family planning is a crucial part of comprehensive health care,” Rajagopalan explained.
Medical director of Planned Parenthood Health Services Dr. Donna Burkett shared that expanding into a new space will not only improve space for patients, but will potentially result in expansion and diversification of services.