Edward Allred, founder of Family Planning Associates abortion clinics told the San Diego Union in October, 1980: “Population control is too important to be stopped by some right-wing pro-life types. Take the new influx of Hispanic immigrants. Their lack of respect for democracy and social order is frightening. I hope I can do something to stem that tide. I’d set up a clinic in Mexico for free if I could. Maybe one in Calexico would help. The survival of our society could be at stake.”
The following comes from a June 13, 2016 story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Planned Parenthood recently doubled the size of its Chula Vista center to meet the growing demand for health care in the underserved South Bay area.
The expansion broke ground in November, taking over a vacancy next door at the 99 cent store.
The store was about 1,600 square feet.
Staff members began welcoming patients into the newly expanded 4,600 square foot center at 1295 Broadway in Suite No. 201 in April.
Lori Keim, senior director of business initiatives at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, said the center was updated to create an “efficient, patient-centered experience.”
“We put a great deal of thought into everything from the hook for your purse on the back of the exam room door to the placement and type of each seat in the waiting room,” Keim said, who oversaw the expansion.
She said the center has seen more patients than any of the other 17 Planned Parenthood health centers. It opened in 1992.
In 2015, nearly 90 percent of the patients at the Chula Vista Health Center were female. In general, 84 percent of patients are 18 to 34 years old and 69 percent are Hispanic.
Last year, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest served about 140,000 patients at its 18 health centers in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties, according to its website.
With the expansion of its health center at its busiest location in Chula Vista, Keim said patients are now seen more quickly, reducing wait times for patients and improving workflow for staff.
“In terms of the South Bay community, there are long waits and there isn’t the access in terms of getting same day or next day appointments,” she said.
In addition, the number of exam rooms increased from five to eight.
They’ve also created a space where clinicians and medical assistants can work together in the same room; added more lab areas and opened up the lobby to better welcome patients.
“In the past, a patient would stop at one room for this and another for that,” Keim said. “The goal is that everything happens within one room: intake, exam, bloodwork, counseling.”
The center served more than 15,000 patients in 2015. With the expansion, Keim said it expects to see up to 16,000 patients by the end of December.
The remodel is part of the organization’s long-term strategy to expand access to health care in areas with great need, according to Planned Parenthood’s website.
The Chula Vista Health Center was modeled after two other health centers that recently opened in Vista and Imperial Valley.