Special Projects Fund

Grantee Name

Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc.

Funding Area

Special Projects Fund

Publication Date

April 2016

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

October 2009 – April 2014

As demand for services at Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) and Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PP Nassau County) was growing, the economic downturn in 2009 dramatically impacted the investment income that both organizations relied on for annual operations.

Although PPNYC and PP Nassau County implemented cost-cutting measures as a way to weather the downturn, both organizations continued to run an operating deficit. A merger between PPNYC and PP Nassau County would optimize clinical services for clients at both locations and ensure the long-term sustainability of their safety-net services.

NYHealth awarded PPNYC a grant to facilitate a merger between the two organizations.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

Though the original intention of this grant was to form a merger of the two organizations, they ultimately chose not to formally merge. In year 1 of the grant, PPNYC and PP Nassau County determined that it would be in their best interest to maintain a clear distinction based on the staffing and operations of each affiliate. Both organizations preferred to take a collaborative approach instead of a total integration of programs. PPNYC requested permission from NYHealth to reprogram and proceed with the grant.

NYHealth worked with PPNYC to modify the grant’s scope and reduced the original grant award by half—from $350,485 to $175,243. Instead of a merger, they agreed to combine some administrative functions and realize efficiencies. PPNYC provided technical assistance to PP Nassau County as it adopted an electronic health record (EHR). Rather than building its own EHR template—a labor-intensive and expensive process—PP Nassau County coordinated with PPNYC on implementing its EHR system. This partnership also allowed both affiliates to merge and unify their Quality Management programs to reduce duplication of efforts and provide a higher-quality standard of care for clients. Both organizations continue to collaborate on the planning and delivery of clinical services.

Although the grant did not go as planned, it achieved the following outcomes:

  • Implemented an EHR system at PP Nassau County—including planning equipment and software installation, training, billing preparation, and work flow scheduling—that allows a patient’s record to be accessed at any PP Nassau County site; and
  • Established a risk and quality management committee between the two affiliates to increase collaboration, exchange information, and streamline systems when possible.

Co-Funding and Additional Funds Leveraged: N/A