Planned Parenthood of Southern New Jersey (PPSNJ) announced on Sept. 29 that it would be merging with its affiliate — neighbor to the north, Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey. PPSNJ's longtime President/CEO G. Lynn Brown, who last month marked 40 years with the organization, announced that she will be stepping down from her post when the merger becomes finalized on Oct. 1.
The announcement was made as about 200 guests gathered at Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield for "80 Reasons Why: Reflecting Back/MOVING Forward," an event held to mark the organization's eight decades of providing reproductive health and family planning medical care in the greater Camden area and beyond and also salute Brown's long tenure with the organization. She has held her current post since 1985.
This merger means that we will be able to better meet the demanding needs of today to ensure future success. For our patients, nothing will change — we will continue to provide the same high-quality, affordable reproductive health care they depend on at our Atlantic, Burlington, and Camden County health centers," Brown said.
The new organization will be known as Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central and Southern New Jersey. It will operate 21 health centers in 14 counties. PPSNJ currently operates five health centers in Camden, Burlington and Atlantic counties. Triste Brooks, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey is the new CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey, the newly merged Planned Parenthood affiliate.
U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, (New Jersey, 1st District) was honored at the event with PPSNJ's Congressional Advocacy Award. Congressman Norcross has been a strong and vocal supporter of Planned Parenthood, and PPSNJ in particular, since first entering public life in the New Jersey State Assembly.
In addition to Norcross and Brown, other speakers included Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd, and various members of the organization's Board of Trustees. Several state legislators from New Jersey's 4th, 5th and 6th legislative districts (a region covered by PPSNJ's tri-county service area of Camden, Burlington and Atlantic counties).