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Planned Parenthood opens new Mtn. View location

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte recently reopened at its new location at 2500 California St. in Mountain View.

The Mountain View clinic was previously located on San Antonio Road but closed in October in the face of redevelopment. The new clinic offers health-care services provided by the county, according to a press release from Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte purchased the California Street building two years ago after learning that its lease on the San Antonio Road site would not be renewed, the release stated. The only Planned Parenthood clinic between Redwood City and San Jose, it has provided health-care services for 20 years.

In 2017, Simitian asked the Board of Supervisors and county staff to “act with urgency” in finding a solution to the impending closure.

“If Planned Parenthood has a problem, we have a problem,” he said at the time. “The Fifth Supervisorial District is the only supervisorial district without a county health clinic. That means we rely on a network of community health clinics and nonprofits like Planned Parenthood to provide these essential services.”

Planned Parenthood’s purchase of its own property negated the need for the county to secure a site.

“Initially we thought the county would have a building with space for Planned Parenthood; as it turns out, Planned Parenthood has a building with space for county health care,” Simitian said in the release. “Either way, it’s a great partnership, allowing us to do even more for the folks we both serve. I think a long-term partnership with Planned Parenthood and the county providing complementary services in the same place has tremendous potential.”

The county’s lease with Planned Parenthood is for seven years, with a five-year option to renew.

Under the new partnership, the county will lease a section of the facility to provide specialty services, including pediatric dental care.

Planned Parenthood cares for an estimated 8,095 patients annually at its Mountain View clinic, more than 80% of whom are Santa Clara County residents, according to the release.

For more information, visit plannedparenthood.org and enter “Mountain View” in the search bar.

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