Traverse City Record-Eagle

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April 16, 2014

Center renovations underway

TRAVERSE CITY — Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan’s local health center is getting a face-lift thanks to money raised through the organization’s Standing Tall capital campaign.

The campaign raised about $4.1 million since it began in July 2012, and surpassed the organization’s $3 million goal. The money will go toward facility renovations and technology upgrades across the organization’s eight health centers, and $1 million will go into an endowment fund.

“We just had an outpouring of support from our local communities. It’s really amazing,” regional development manager Jennifer Kirkpatrick Johnson said.

The Traverse City location at 1135 E. Eighth St., already has a colorful new facade, and work on the interior is underway. All four exam rooms will get updated flooring and ceiling, as well as a fresh coat of paint.

“Our patients deserve to have a welcoming, accessible place,” Kirkpatrick Johnson said.

Two of the exam rooms will be expanded to give patients and health care providers more space. The bathrooms will be renovated to be accessible to people with disabilities, and the waiting room and reception area will be modernized.

Kirkpatrick Johnson said the renovations are long overdue, both for patients and for the health care providers who work at the center.

“The work setting that they were in just does not match their caliber,” she said.

The health center still is seeing patients throughout the renovations.

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