With the snip of scissors a blue ribbon was cut and Generation Healthcare was open for business.
"We hope to work a lot with other community agencies and organizations to maximize our impact," said Generation Healthcare CEO Merinda Condra. "We just want to make peoples' lives better. Whatever way we can do that we're just amazed at the opportunity to try."
The building is located at 14 Briercroft Office Park, the old location of one of Lubbock's Planned Parenthood buildings.
Efforts to make those lives better began with basics. New paint was put on the walls inside and out. Furniture was replaced, flooring redone and minor remodeling completed. Crews updated operating rooms and new computers were purchased, but Condra believes it is some of the new services that will be the biggest help.
"We have a full time counselor available to provide services to our patients regardless of their ability to pay," she said. "We have a full time benefits person who will help with accessing benefits throughout the area. We want this healthcare to meet the needs and schedules of our clients."
Condra says low income services for women have been hard to come by in Lubbock and she hopes that this facility will change that for area women.
"We don't have enough women accessing those services, so we need to help them," Condra said. "We need to provide easy access to STD testing and treatment, birth control, pap smears, breast exams and we're going to be moving into prenatal care. Every person, every day is important, and we want to treat them that way."
The facility is open and ready for anyone who needs their services. Their hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with Saturday availability coming soon. They expect to serve women anywhere from the age of 15 to 40 but are working to be approved to treat older women as well.
Generation Healthcare says they will accept anyone covered under the Texas Women's Health Program.
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