The Cortland County Health Department is closing the Jacobus Center for Reproductive Health on Sept. 30, a closure that was scheduled to happen over several months but was advanced due to the pandemic and recent staff resignations.
The center has operated in the county since 1972.
“We have proudly provided quality services including family planning needs, education, preventative care, contraception, as well as STI evaluations and treatments for all of our residents,” states a social media post about the closing posted on the county Legislature’s Facebook page. “When this program began, the focus was providing reproductive healthcare services for community members who were uninsured, underinsured and low income because those services were not available in this community.”
The news of the closure comes just two days after interim Health Director Lisa Perfetti denied in an email anything was changing, after being asked about claims that the facility was closing.
“Not sure where this information is coming from but we have not made any changes at this point in time,” she said in an email Monday.
The post states that staff will assist current patients in transitioning to a new provider even after the clinic is closed until that help is no longer needed. According to the post, many area providers are able to offer the same services that the Jacobus Center did.
“We have seen a downward trend in visits to our clinic as residents are seeking this care in the community,” the post states.
Current patients that need help transitioning to another provider can call 607-753-5027 for assistance.
“We are thankful to have been able to provide this service to our community and look forward to continued collaboration with local healthcare providers as we work together to improve the health of our community,” the post states.