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Accusations continue to fly against Planned Parenthood Golden Gate by those who claim to be in the “know”

Posted in Abortion, Financial mismanagement, Planned Parenthood with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2010 by saynsumthn

This week’s announcement that Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) was severing ties with Planned Parenthood Golden Gate (PPGG) came as no surprise to some former employees,

The San Francisco Bay Guardian is filling up with staff, board, and associate comments about PPGG. The article is here- the comments are interesting (Read Below)
(Comments on Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Clinic – )

COMMENTS BEGIN:

PPGG’s finances
If this Planned Parenthood affiliate had not been meeting minimum requirements for a cash reserve since 1998, why did they continually get approved/re-accredited by the national agency? The national spokesperson quoted, Elizabeth Toledo, said they’d only been working with them the past few years, but this problem sounds like it was ongoing since at least 1998. Reading between the lines, it sounds like the CEO was doing something wrong and covered it up as long as possible, then with the current recession had to just leave and the national office is trying to sweep it under the rug. The women who needed PPGG for care are the only ones to suffer I guess.
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Posted by Samantha on Aug. 11, 2010 @ 6:23 pm
This article only touches on the tip of the ice berg
DIg a little deeper and you will discover gross inequities in pay between the administration and the front lines and unbelievable administrative blunders. I believe the far right infiltrated the agency and began to destroy it from within. The saddest part is that the medical staff is skilled and dedicated. However with the loss of PPFA oversight and malpractice insurance; no intelligent clinician would ever work for this group of scoundrels.
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Posted by Guest 10+ year employee of PPGG on Aug. 11, 2010 @ 9:37 pm
If the current administration
If the current administration at PPGG were interested in serving their communities and their patients they would work with Planned Parenthood Shasta Diablo, Mar monte and the national organization to facilitate a speedy and friendly merger of the affiliates. This would ensure financial strength and continuity of care for the patients. Instead, they are clawing on to the idea of a new group of clinics – why? To keep their own paychecks coming?
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Posted by Guest Anonymous on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 6:54 am
I would just like to point
I would just like to point out that PPGG not only serve women, but men as well.
Thank you.
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 11, 2010 @ 10:34 pm
Re: Men and women
Thank you for pointing that out, Guest. Apologies for the omission.
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Posted by rebecca on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 10:03 am
CEO’s salary
It was well known withing the agency that the former CEO, Dian Harrison, didn’t care about the mission or the patients and was only enriching herself and living large off of PPGG’s budget. She was so corrupt she even took to hiding her salary on the agency’s 990 tax forms for several years until the IRS started looking into her business. If the government ever looks at PPGG’s books, both Dian and the current CEO, Therese Wilson, will be sharing a jail cell next to Bernie Madoff.
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Posted by Laura, former staff on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 7:32 am
CEO’s expense account and consultants
Nevermind if the government ever audits them, if the government just interviews former staff they’ll learn amazing things. Like how Dian had a hidden expense account for personal use and paid an “executive coach” over $100,000 a year to tell her how to be a CEO. Not just for one year, but for her entire tenure. I’m sure major foundations would like to have known they were paying this guy, Mike Takagawa, to hold Dian’s hand in perpetuity.
http://www.corporatedge.com/firm-founder.php
Check out his website and you can read Dian’s praise of Mike. It still even lists her as the CEO! He clearly wasn’t worth the money as he and Dian tanked the agency, but Dian’s review of him is a glowing load of BS:
http://www.corporatedge.com/clients-testimonials.php
“Over the years, the results of our Executive Partnership have been amazing. Working with Mike Takagawa has been an uplifting experience. It has alleviated a lot of the fears and stress I had as I transitioned into a much larger organization. Mike and the Corporate Edge team helped us achieve a major business turnaround that generated more than $1 million in new revenue sources. Corporate Edge also helped us establish an internal mentoring program that dramatically increased the productivity, retention levels, and spirit of collaboration among our employees.”
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Posted by A.B., former fundraiser for PPGG on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 1:49 pm
This is so true! You would be
This is so true! You would be amazed/disgusted about the $$$ executives were making at PPGG, meanwhile excellent, long time employees never once recieved a merit raise, even after years of dedicated service. Total BS!!
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Posted by Yet another former staff member! on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 7:40 pm
I cannot believe that “folks
I cannot believe that “folks are really happy” and all is going fine.
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 12:44 pm
This union rep is completely
This union rep is completely disillusioned. I am in touch with many staff who still painstakingly working within the remaining shell of PPGG and I doubt ANYONE would say they are really happy! They are extremely dedicated to caring for the clients, but I would definitely say that no one is happy with the working conditions there and the morale has been terrible since I left years ago.
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Posted by Yet another former staff member! on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 7:44 pm
Somehow I find it hard to
Somehow I find it hard to believe that the current employees are happy.
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 12:50 pm
As a former employee, I can
As a former employee, I can guarantee that if every single staff member (past and present) were asked, they would absolutely disagree with what that union rep said. Looking at the turnover rate alone would be an indicator of that. Looking at the number of staff who left PPGG to work for another PP affiliate would be an indicator of that. I dare the Guardian to anonymously poll every staff member right now and ask them if they are happy. I would be shocked if 100% surveyed did not say they were in fact quite unhappy.
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 5:36 pm
Planned Parenthood debaucle
As a former union rep for 5 years with Planned Parenthood Golden Gate all I can say is this has been a very very long time coming. This organization took the good name of Planned Parenthood that is respected nationwide and abused its mission, finances, and staff. There was a huge discrepancy in pay between the front line workers and management. They routinely violated their union contract and exploited the giving nature of their workers. They would meet any request for decent wages, working conditions etc. with a type of feminist guilt that you didn’t support “the cause.” One can only hope that Dian Harrison’s finances are scrutinized and her cronies are questioned. Good luck to anyone still working there and know that there are many fields in health care where you will be treated well and not punished for your good work and efforts. Jump ship if you can!!
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Posted by Guest Leslie on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 3:17 pm
http://www.baycitizen.org/hea
http://www.baycitizen.org/health/story/financial-docs-raise-questions-ab…
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 3:38 pm
The previous link seemed to
The previous link seemed to be the wrong one, but this one is correct, and holy cow:
http://www.baycitizen.org/health/story/financial-docs-raise-questions-ab…
“The local organization has also not kept up with reporting the activities of its related political action fund to the state. On Wednesday, the charitable trusts division of the state’s attorney general’s office sent a warning letter to the Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Action Fund, the political advocacy and public policy arm of the affiliate, because the organization has failed to file copies of its tax documents with that that office for at least 10 years.”
Dian and her cronies and enablers are screwed.
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Posted by Jane on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
PPGG Board
Aren’t the true leaders of a non-profit the Board of Trustees? What is their hand in all of this? Where was their fiduciary responsibility?
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 5:38 pm
Yes – good question. This is,
Yes – good question. This is, I assume, what keeps Dian’s (and probably other senior administrators) actions from being considered embezzlement. The Board had no oversight. I don’t know how they could look the other way or be this ignorant of the problems for so long. They should all be held liable for the loss of services to Bay Area women who relied on these clinics.
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Posted by Anon colleague on Aug. 15, 2010 @ 10:09 am
MAny of Dian’s friends were
MAny of Dian’s friends were on the board. Employees and the board were never really allowed to mix, so the board only got the story in whatever form Dian chose to tell it.
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 13, 2010 @ 9:50 am
The Board
When the 30 medical providers at PPGG, both clinicians and doctors, sent the “Letter of Concern” in 2008 (quoted in the Financial Docs article listed above), it was to Dian Harrison, PPFA, and the board. The board’s response was that they were in complete support of Dian and that we had broken protocol by contacting them. The last line was “We, the Trustees, will not be communicating with you any further and do not expect to receive any further communications from you.” How could this kind of purposeful disregard for the legitimate concerns of so many medical providers be ethical??
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 13, 2010 @ 1:26 pm
the board was hand-picked
Dian chose the members of the board herself and there was a lot of payback to her friends and rich donors. For example, a very rich donor got her daughter, who was in high school, high school! a seat on the board. How someone in high school can provide legal oversight to a large and complex company is beyond me, but it sure got Dian whatever she wanted.
Check out Guidestar if you want to look up their board members. The ones who weren’t in high school should have known better as they’re going to be legally responsible for a lot of stuff they probably weren’t counting on.
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 13, 2010 @ 2:13 pm
the former CEO is not on medical leave
I just looked up her LinkedIn profile and she lists being the CEO in her past. Apparently she’s a consultant now. I hope no one is wasting their money on her. Sounds like that whole “medical leave” thing is code for getting out of Dodge.
From her profile on LinkedIn
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dian-harrison/6/3aa/496
Current
* Independent Consultant at Independent Consultant
Past
* President & CEO at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate
* Assistant Director Finance and Administration at San Jose Redevelopment Agency
* President & CEO at Santa Clara Valley Urban League
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Posted by Ellen on Aug. 14, 2010 @ 9:27 am

was the union representative
was the union representative paid off as well? where did she get that misinformation? perhaps if she would return the abundance of messages left on her voicemail. we need our union dues recouped.
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Posted by Guest on Aug. 14, 2010 @ 8:34 pm
the union didn’t care
The union didn’t really care about us. We were a small shop for them compared to places like Kaiser, so they didn’t pay much attention to the concerns of staff and were just content to collect our dues every month. They pretty much colluded with Dian to negotiate behind the employees’ backs and the only reason they’re probably commenting with this happy-talk nonsense is that they’re afraid they’ll be losing a bunch of dues paying members when this place goes under. Dian was extremely anti-union and anti-worker, so she was more than happy to have a union that didn’t really care about helping its members as it allowed her to do whatever she wanted to staff.
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READ: Should there be an investigation into tax funded Planned Parenthood clinics? Letter reveals PPGG’s “misappropriation and mismanagement of funds”

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Planned Parenthood misbilled Medicaid in New Jersey, reports claim

Posted in Abortion, Planned Parenthood with tags , , , , , , on August 16, 2010 by saynsumthn

On the heels of a California Planned Parenthood loosing it’s national affiliation for misappropriation and mismanagement of funds”
( READ: Should there be an investigation into tax funded Planned Parenthood clinics? Letter reveals PPGG’s “misappropriation and mismanagement of funds”)

New Jersey Right to Life has issued this disturbing press release about New Jersey Planned Parenthood’s

Contact: Marie Tasy, Executive Director, 732 562 0562

PRESS RELEASE � August 13, 2010

U.S. INSPECTOR GENERAL AUDIT REPORTS SHOW IMPROPER BILLING OF FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES IN NJ

Audits performed by the U.S. Inspector General for the Department of HHS uncovered a consistent problem with NJ family planning clinics improperly billing Medicaid for services that did not qualify as family planning. State officials were sent letters in July 2007, June 2008 and August 2008 notifying them of the problems and requesting action to correct the errors. The three reports covered the period from February 1, 2001 through January 31, 2005. The first audit identified that the state of New Jersey improperly received federal reimbursement at the enhanced 90% rate for 160,955 prescriptions drug claims that were billed as family planning, but did not qualify as family planning services. In the letter and accompanying report to Commissioner Velez, the Inspector General recommended that NJ repay $2,219,746 to the Federal Government.

The second audit by the U. S. Inspector General for the Department of HHS found that family planning clinics improperly received the enhanced 90% rate for outpatient services which did not qualify as family planning services. Of the 107 claims, 64 were for family planning services eligible for Federal Medicaid reimbursement at the 90 percent rate and 43 claims did not qualify as family planning services, and were therefore ineligible for Federal Medicaid reimbursement at the 90% rate. The report specifically cites Planned Parenthood Providers who told investigators that they billed all claims to Medicaid as family planning and populated the family planning indicator field on Medicaid claims even though the service provided did not meet the criteria for 90 percent Federal funding. As a result, a letter and the report was sent to the Commissioner of Human Services on June 17, 2008, by the Office of Inspector General recommending that the state refund $597,496 to the Federal Government and amend their procedures to prevent improper billing in the future.

The third audit found that the state of NJ received Federal Medicaid reimbursement for 111 of the 161 claims for inpatient services which were improperly billed as family planning at the enhanced 90 percent rate. As a result, the OIG recommended that the state of NJ reimburse $162,548 to the federal Government and determine the amount of federal Medicaid funds improperly reimbursed at the 90% rate for inpatient hospital services following the audit period and refund that amount to the Federal Government.

The facts cannot be denied. These audits show a systematic abuse of improper billing of Medicaid for family planning services to the federal government to obtain 90% reimbursement. Planned Parenthood has been cited specifically as one of the principal agents of these improper billing practices by the OIG. Page five of the 2008 report entitled, Review of Outpatient Medicaid Claims Billed As Family Planning by New Jersey” says, During our visits to family planning clinics throughout the State, many providers (especially Planned Parenthood providers) stated that they billed all claims to Medicaid as family planning. Therefore, officials at these clinics often populated the family planning indicator filed on Medicaid claims even though the service provided did not meet the criteria for 90 percent Federal funding. By populating this field, the MMIS designated the claim as eligible for 90 percent Federal funding. The Office of Inspector General recommending that the state refund $597,496 to the Federal Government.

Planned Parenthood’s supporters not only want to use $7.5M in taxpayer dollars to fund these family planning clinics, they also want the state of NJ to permanently apply for a federal waiver to reimburse family planning clinics 90% for every Medicaid service they provide despite the clinics history of improperly billing Medicaid and contributing to the nearly $3M in fees which had to be refunded to the Federal Government. Taxpayers should be outraged. These facts should give every legislator who voted for Bill S2139 a good reason to now oppose any misguided effort to override Governor Christie’s veto.

Reports can be found here:

1 http://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region2/20501019.pdf

2 http://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region2/20601010.pdf
3 http://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region2/20601020.pdf

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Also Read this story Audit Shows Planned Parenthood Owes Thousands, sources say debt stands at $1 million

Planned Parenthood Owes $154K To UMC
November 13, 2009
EL PASO, Texas — KFOX has confirmed Friday that Planned Parenthood Center of El Paso owes more than $150,000 to the county’s University Medical Center.

Through an open records request, KFOX has learned that PPCEP owes UMC $154,814. Sources close to PPCEP claim their total debt stands at more than $1 million.

University Medical Center declined any comment on PPCEP’s current balance. They did not disclose what type of contract was established.

As KFOX reported, a state audit found that PPCEP violated its state contracts after it requested reimbursement for bills that were never paid.

State representatives have told KFOX that it is unclear if the money will ever be collected, and PPCEP is currently under bankruptcy protection.

KFOX has not been able to confirm PPCEP’s bankruptcy status

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Inspector General Report Here

Should there be an investigation into tax funded Planned Parenthood clinics? Letter reveals PPGG’s “misappropriation and mismanagement of funds”

Posted in Abortion, Defund Planned Parenthood, Financial mismanagement, Planned Parenthood with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2010 by saynsumthn

Looks like Planned Parenthood is dumping their affiliate PPGG just in the nick of time – should there be an investigation, after all Planned Parenthood gets millions of tax dollars per year???


Planned Parenthood Golden Gate’s former employees blame the organization’s longstanding pattern of financial mismanagement, former PPGG CEO, Dian Harrison. Because of this, the national Planned Parenthood organization has announced it will divorce itself from the networks of clinics that serve patients in five Bay Area counties, citing fiscal and administrative problems with the local organization. Effective Sept. 3, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate must operate under another name, a representative of the national organization said that Planned Parenthood Golden Gate had failed to uphold the “standards and guidelines” by which each separately incorporated affiliate must abide, but that the details of the situation were confidential.

“They were not meeting our standards for administrative and fiscal management,” said Karen Ruffato, vice president of affiliate services for the national organization.

A report in the Bay Citizen:

The most recent tax documents filed with the I.R.S. suggest that PPGG has not only been losing money in recent years, but is in financial disarray. For the tax year ending June 30, 2009, it showed a loss of $2.8 million.

Yet, from financial information for the previous year, it’s unclear just how much money the organization lost because it filed three separate sets of numbers with the I.R.S. In the filings, losses ranged between nearly $1.9 and $2.8 million. Two different accounting firms signed off on the various filings.

Tax documents also show that the organization’s financial problems did not start with the catastrophic recession and California’s fiscal crisis, which has delayed MediCal reimbursements from the state. Tax documents for the year ending June 30, 2007 show that the organization lost $181,000 that year.

Yet, the organization’s fiscal problems date farther back. Documents associated with a 2004 accreditation review of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate show that the local affiliate did not meet the national federation’s financial standards for its affiliates. Of nine indicators of financial health, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate was given a “not met” rating for five of them. For instance, the affiliate had only 11.4 days of cash on hand, as opposed to the required 60 days.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America executives refused to comment on the accreditation documents on the grounds that they’re internal and confidential.
On Wednesday, the charitable trusts division of the state’s attorney general’s office sent a warning letter to the Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Action Fund, the political advocacy and public policy arm of the affiliate, because the organization has failed to file copies of its tax documents with that that office for at least 10 years.
“We do not have any reports on file for them,” Rebecca MacLaren from the attorney general’s press office wrote in an e-mail.

The warning cautioned that if the organization fails to file those forms within 30 days, its registration would be suspended and officers would be personally liable for late fees.

In the letter, the clinicians detail a myriad of problems in the organization, including their concerns about “the misappropriation and mismanagement of PPGG’s funds.” The letter accuses the executive staff of profligate spending during lean times:

It is apparent that while Medical Services has been mandated and has complied with financial reform and cost savings, the Executive Administrative members have failed to adhere to their own mandate for financial restrictions. Executive staff’s personal expenditures are excessive and are not aligned with the mandatory fiscal restrictions. Flagrant use of PPGG funds to pay for personal belongings, personal services and exorbitant technology products is seemingly unchallenged and not subject to the same financial scrutiny that clinic supplies and staff salaries are, for example.

When Harrison replied to their concerns in a letter dated November 14, 2008, she assured the clinicians and doctors that administration was feeling the fiscal pain, too: “Administration has temporarily or permanently frozen a number of positions, budgets were cut, expenses were halted for a period of time and office supplies were not purchased,” she wrote.

And from the San Francisco Bay Guardian:

Former employees saw problems coming at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate
By Rebecca / San Francisco Bay Guardian
Created 08/11/2010 – 4:08pm

This week’s announcement that Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) was severing ties with Planned Parenthood Golden Gate (PPGG) came as no surprise to some former employees, who have for months been trying to sound the alarm that the chapter was being mismanaged, had major financial problems, and was in a steep decline that could threaten important reproductive care services that low-income women rely on.

A former PPGG employee with knowledge of the organization’s internal affairs described a longstanding pattern of financial mismanagement when former president and CEO Dian Harrison was at the helm. There was widespread concern about spending on expensive marketing campaigns and lavish functions, the person said, and a high level of employee turnover and discontent.

Warning signs of financial difficulties surfaced at least a year ago. Dan Cohen, a spokesperson of the Packard Foundation — a major donor to PPGG — told the Guardian that Packard awarded PPGG a 12-month, $30,000 “organizational effectiveness” grant, which will expire in September. The grant “allows an organization to select a talented, external provider to help them think through some of these challenges,” Cohen explained. The Packard Foundation also awarded a 3-year grant for general operating support for $800,000, which will also expire next month.

Another former employee told the Guardian that she would love to discuss internal problems, but was made to sign a confidentiality agreement upon leaving the organization.

Therese Wilson, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate — who took over PPGG when Harrison left last year on medical leave — did not return repeated calls seeking comment.

An internal PPGG document provided to the Guardian displays the agency’s on-hand cash reserves as compared with other affiliates, suggesting that the reserve ratios were at or below the minimum required by the national Planned Parenthood federation for all but one year from 1998 to 2007 — and well below that of other affiliates of similar size. That is a key requirement for meeting accreditation standards.

When we asked Elizabeth Toledo, a PPFA representative, about this apparent pattern she said she could not comment because she had not seen the documents. She also said the accreditation reviews were confidential. “Understanding the true financial picture for health care providers takes a very in-depth evaluation,” Toledo said. “PPFA and PPGG were working together over the last few years to resolve fiscal challenges.”

Despite delays at the state level in awarding nonprofit funding and the loss of support from the national organization, Toledo and a union representative for PPGG employees both said they believe the clinics will continue serving patients under a different name.

“They plan to stay open, and employees are planning to stay,” said SEIU Local 1021 representative Sarah Sherpun-Zimmer, who has been a union rep for PPGG employees for the last two years. “Folks are really happy working there and they feel like it’s going in a good direction.”

PPGG operated eight clinics, which will lose their Planned Parenthood accreditation Sept. 3, effectively severing their ties to a trusted entity that thousands of low-income women rely upon for birth control, abortion procedures, and other forms of reproductive health care. PPGG operates clinics in San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Sonoma, Marin, and Mendocino counties, serving about 55,000 women per year.

Roughly 92 percent of the clients they serve live at or below the federal poverty line, according to PPGG’s 2008 annual report.

Planned Parenthood affiliates Mar Monte and Shasta Diablo are in the process of hatching plans for taking over some of the eight affected clinics or otherwise growing their own operations to cover any gaps in service area, according to Toledo. She said neighboring affiliates are in a position financially to be able to cover a wider territory and added that they have been in “expansion mode,” adding new clinics over the past couple years.

“It’s unusual to have a disaffiliation,” she said. “But it’s not unusual for national committees to have a reallocation of service area. That part is well-practiced.” Toledo added that “Every effort possible will be made” to ensure continuity of care.
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According to a press release issued by, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” a film financed by Planned Parenthood Golden Gate,Dian Harrison also served on these boards:the National Abortion Federation, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and she blogs for RH Reality Check , Harrison was also a guest speaker at a NAF conference

In 2008 Assembly member Mary Hayashi Named Dian Harrison Of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Her “Woman Of The Year”

In a report of the top paid Planned Parenthood employees for 2008, Harrison made the list when the California Catholic Daily reported this

Dian Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer
Salary: $274,438
Benefits: $18,976
Expense Account: $11,340
Total Compensation: $304,754

Here Harrison brags about her rich and lavish new design for the abortion clinic she managed !

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In 2008, Planned Parenthood cut ties with their South Florida offices:

The July 2, 2008 Miami Herald article entitled, Planned Parenthood cuts ties with 5 clinics
reported this:

One of the nation’s best-known groups of health centers has permanently shut down a cluster of clinics in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Planned Parenthood officially severed its ties Monday with five local clinics — four in Broward and one in Boca Raton — whose top administrator has acknowledged a history of “terrible mismanagement and possibly fraud.”

The disaffiliation allowed the national organization to wash its hands of the local chapter once known as Planned Parenthood of South Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

The chapter is dealing with many problems, including harassment complaints and possible misuse of nearly $450,000 — slightly less than they received in public funding in 2005.

“All these issues are now issues that they will have to face without us,” said Karen Ruffato, vice president of operations for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

The attitude has angered Ruth Lynch, the former Broward chapter’s CEO, who said the national organization bailed out before the local chapter could resolve its problems.

Lynch, who replaced former CEO Mary Capobianco in March, said that within two weeks of her arrival she found she could not account for $440,000 of the chapter’s $3 million budget.

“We take responsibility that there was horrible management,” Lynch said. “But that was then. This is now. We have a new board.”

CHAPTER’S PLANS

Lynch said that the chapter’s board of trustees plans to eventually open and continue medical services at the five clinics — in Oakland Park, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton — but without the trusted name of Planned Parenthood, one of the nation’s most recognized clinics in the field of reproductive heathcare.

“We don’t feel this was simple disaffiliation, we feel this was a hostile takeover,” Lynch said.

“And it was more about the Planned Parenthood trademark than it was about helping the community.”

At least 16,000 people used the five clinics for services such as breast exams, testing for HIV and abortions. In 2005, it received $500,000 in taxpayer funding.

HARSH REVIEW

The disbanding of the relationship ended a months-long back and forth between the Broward chapter and the national organization, which temporarily shut down the clinics in March after delivering a harsh review about the chapter’s administration.

Popular employees were fired. An employee alleged sexual harassment against a former CEO, Capobianco. The local board was investigating a rumor that its 2006 annual report was plagiarized.

SHUT DOWN

Ruffato said Planned Parenthood wanted to disaffiliate from the Broward chapter as soon as possible.

By March, the clinics were temporarily shut down.

They began the process in April to permanently strip the five clinics of the Planned Parenthood name.

Instead, Ruffato said they entrusted the more-reputable Planned Parenthood of Greater Miami, Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast to open one clinic in Broward and one in Boca Raton.

Ruffato said the Greater Miami chapter is one of the country’s best.

‘UNFORTUNATE’

“This is a very rare situation and a very unfortunate situation,” Ruffato said. “And as sad and as hard as moving through a disaffiliation is, I believe our ultimate responsibility is to the mission. And ultimately we need to make sure that your community clinic has the best healthcare and meets our high standards.”

For now, Planned Parenthood is concentrating on replacing the five clinics with at least two, said Judith Selzer, spokeswoman for the Greater Miami chapter. Officers plan to select one site by next month.

Selzer said they will add clinics “as quickly and swiftly as the community needs.”

The chapter plans to include Broward residents on the staff and board of trustees.

Said Selzer: “We’re poised and we’re ready to do this.”

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The National Planned Parenthood Office has NEVER denounced their racist founder Margaret Sanger who pushed eugenics, sterilization, and black genocide as documented in the film: Maafa21

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READ: Accusations continue to fly against Planned Parenthood Golden Gate by those who claim to be in the “know”

Former Planned Parenthood Golden Gate employees describe longstanding pattern of financial mismanagement, by CEO

Posted in Abortion, Planned Parenthood with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2010 by saynsumthn


Planned Parenthood Golden Gate’s former employees blame the organization’s longstanding pattern of financial mismanagement, former PPGG CEO, Dian Harrison. Because of this, the national Planned Parenthood organization has announced it will divorce itself from the networks of clinics that serve patients in five Bay Area counties, citing fiscal and administrative problems with the local organization. Effective Sept. 3, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate must operate under another name, a representative of the national organization said that Planned Parenthood Golden Gate had failed to uphold the “standards and guidelines” by which each separately incorporated affiliate must abide, but that the details of the situation were confidential.

“They were not meeting our standards for administrative and fiscal management,” said Karen Ruffato, vice president of affiliate services for the national organization.

According to a press release issued by, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” a film financed by Planned Parenthood Golden Gate,Dian Harrison also served on these boards:the National Abortion Federation, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and she blogs for RH Reality Check , Harrison was also a guest speaker at a NAF conference

In 2008 Assembly member Mary Hayashi Named Dian Harrison Of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Her “Woman Of The Year”

In a report of the top paid Planned Parenthood employees for 2008, Harrison made the list when the California Catholic Daily reported this

Dian Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer
Salary: $274,438
Benefits: $18,976
Expense Account: $11,340
Total Compensation: $304,754

Here Harrison brags about her rich and lavish new design for the abortion clinic she managed !

A report in the Bay Citizen:

The most recent tax documents filed with the I.R.S. suggest that PPGG has not only been losing money in recent years, but is in financial disarray. For the tax year ending June 30, 2009, it showed a loss of $2.8 million.

Yet, from financial information for the previous year, it’s unclear just how much money the organization lost because it filed three separate sets of numbers with the I.R.S. In the filings, losses ranged between nearly $1.9 and $2.8 million. Two different accounting firms signed off on the various filings.

Executives for PPGG did not return numerous calls or respond to e-mails seeking comment for this story.

Tax documents also show that the organization’s financial problems did not start with the catastrophic recession and California’s fiscal crisis, which has delayed MediCal reimbursements from the state. Tax documents for the year ending June 30, 2007 show that the organization lost $181,000 that year.

Yet, the organization’s fiscal problems date farther back. Documents associated with a 2004 accreditation review of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate show that the local affiliate did not meet the national federation’s financial standards for its affiliates. Of nine indicators of financial health, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate was given a “not met” rating for five of them. For instance, the affiliate had only 11.4 days of cash on hand, as opposed to the required 60 days.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America executives refused to comment on the accreditation documents on the grounds that they’re internal and confidential.
On Wednesday, the charitable trusts division of the state’s attorney general’s office sent a warning letter to the Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Action Fund, the political advocacy and public policy arm of the affiliate, because the organization has failed to file copies of its tax documents with that that office for at least 10 years.
“We do not have any reports on file for them,” Rebecca MacLaren from the attorney general’s press office wrote in an e-mail.

The warning cautioned that if the organization fails to file those forms within 30 days, its registration would be suspended and officers would be personally liable for late fees.

In the letter, the clinicians detail a myriad of problems in the organization, including their concerns about “the misappropriation and mismanagement of PPGG’s funds.” The letter accuses the executive staff of profligate spending during lean times:

It is apparent that while Medical Services has been mandated and has complied with financial reform and cost savings, the Executive Administrative members have failed to adhere to their own mandate for financial restrictions. Executive staff’s personal expenditures are excessive and are not aligned with the mandatory fiscal restrictions. Flagrant use of PPGG funds to pay for personal belongings, personal services and exorbitant technology products is seemingly unchallenged and not subject to the same financial scrutiny that clinic supplies and staff salaries are, for example.

When Harrison replied to their concerns in a letter dated November 14, 2008, she assured the clinicians and doctors that administration was feeling the fiscal pain, too: “Administration has temporarily or permanently frozen a number of positions, budgets were cut, expenses were halted for a period of time and office supplies were not purchased,” she wrote.

And from the San Francisco Bay Guardian:

Former employees saw problems coming at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate
By Rebecca / San Francisco Bay Guardian
Created 08/11/2010 – 4:08pm

This week’s announcement that Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) was severing ties with Planned Parenthood Golden Gate (PPGG) came as no surprise to some former employees, who have for months been trying to sound the alarm that the chapter was being mismanaged, had major financial problems, and was in a steep decline that could threaten important reproductive care services that low-income women rely on.

A former PPGG employee with knowledge of the organization’s internal affairs described a longstanding pattern of financial mismanagement when former president and CEO Dian Harrison was at the helm. There was widespread concern about spending on expensive marketing campaigns and lavish functions, the person said, and a high level of employee turnover and discontent.

Warning signs of financial difficulties surfaced at least a year ago. Dan Cohen, a spokesperson of the Packard Foundation — a major donor to PPGG — told the Guardian that Packard awarded PPGG a 12-month, $30,000 “organizational effectiveness” grant, which will expire in September. The grant “allows an organization to select a talented, external provider to help them think through some of these challenges,” Cohen explained. The Packard Foundation also awarded a 3-year grant for general operating support for $800,000, which will also expire next month.

Another former employee told the Guardian that she would love to discuss internal problems, but was made to sign a confidentiality agreement upon leaving the organization.

Therese Wilson, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate — who took over PPGG when Harrison left last year on medical leave — did not return repeated calls seeking comment.

An internal PPGG document provided to the Guardian displays the agency’s on-hand cash reserves as compared with other affiliates, suggesting that the reserve ratios were at or below the minimum required by the national Planned Parenthood federation for all but one year from 1998 to 2007 — and well below that of other affiliates of similar size. That is a key requirement for meeting accreditation standards.

When we asked Elizabeth Toledo, a PPFA representative, about this apparent pattern she said she could not comment because she had not seen the documents. She also said the accreditation reviews were confidential. “Understanding the true financial picture for health care providers takes a very in-depth evaluation,” Toledo said. “PPFA and PPGG were working together over the last few years to resolve fiscal challenges.”

Despite delays at the state level in awarding nonprofit funding and the loss of support from the national organization, Toledo and a union representative for PPGG employees both said they believe the clinics will continue serving patients under a different name.

“They plan to stay open, and employees are planning to stay,” said SEIU Local 1021 representative Sarah Sherpun-Zimmer, who has been a union rep for PPGG employees for the last two years. “Folks are really happy working there and they feel like it’s going in a good direction.”

PPGG operated eight clinics, which will lose their Planned Parenthood accreditation Sept. 3, effectively severing their ties to a trusted entity that thousands of low-income women rely upon for birth control, abortion procedures, and other forms of reproductive health care. PPGG operates clinics in San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Sonoma, Marin, and Mendocino counties, serving about 55,000 women per year.

Roughly 92 percent of the clients they serve live at or below the federal poverty line, according to PPGG’s 2008 annual report.

Planned Parenthood affiliates Mar Monte and Shasta Diablo are in the process of hatching plans for taking over some of the eight affected clinics or otherwise growing their own operations to cover any gaps in service area, according to Toledo. She said neighboring affiliates are in a position financially to be able to cover a wider territory and added that they have been in “expansion mode,” adding new clinics over the past couple years.

“It’s unusual to have a disaffiliation,” she said. “But it’s not unusual for national committees to have a reallocation of service area. That part is well-practiced.” Toledo added that “Every effort possible will be made” to ensure continuity of care.
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The National Planned Parenthood Office has NEVER denounced their racist founder Margaret Sanger who pushed eugenics, sterilization, and black genocide as documented in the film: Maafa21