Pamela J. Maraldo has resigned from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America after aggressively pointing affiliates in the direction of managed care during her 21/2 years as president.
Maraldo's resignation comes after some of Planned Parenthood's 158 autonomous affiliates apparently balked at what they perceived as a national directive to embrace managed care (July 17, p. 42).
Her resignation is effective Sept. 1, but she has already left the federation.
"I am pleased the organization has embraced the reinvention plan we developed together," Maraldo said in a release. "I feel I have accomplished many of the goals I set when I joined Planned Parenthood*.*.*.*and with the foundation for change in place, this is the right time for me to pursue the next phase of my career."
A source close to Planned Parenthood who wished to remain anonymous said Maraldo seemed to believe she had lost the full support of the federation's board. Some affiliates are "going much slower" toward managed care because they "are not feeling the pressure of the changing healthcare environment," the source said.
Kathy Kneer, executive director of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, said: "There are differences of opinion as to the role and direction (the federation should take. Maraldo) "helped us move forward in a changing marketplace. She took us as far as she could go. Now new leadership must be found to bring along those reluctant to follow," Kneer said.
Board Chair Jacqueline Jackson said in a statement that Maraldo, a registered nurse, was hired to be "an architect of change." She said Planned Parenthood will follow Maraldo's plans. Her "reinvention proposals for change were embraced at a special membership meeting this past April," Jackson noted.