St. Mary's Mobile Dental Awarded Grant|
St. Mary’s Mobile Dental Care for Kids is extremely proud to announce it is one of five winning mobile dental clinics to be awarded project funding from Tom’s of Maine’s 2011 Dental Health for All™ (DHFA) program. Determined by public vote, St. Mary’s and four other 501(c)3 non-profit clinics in good standing will split $100,000 to grow and support mobile programs that offer critical, easy-to-access dental care in local communities. This year’s DHFA program focused solely on expanding dental clinics in the field so they can bring “goodness on the go” to those unable to afford an exam or coverage.
“Funding from the Tom’s of Maine grant will allow us to fully connect dental records between multiple dental treatment locations in the community,” said Timothy Flesch, President and CEO for St. Mary’s Health System. “This capability will allow us to better serve our children and families with greater efficiency and quality. St. Mary’s thanks Tom’s of Maine for making this opportunity possible! We also thank the Tri-State for voting for us and for supporting this invaluable service!”
St. Mary’s Mobile Dental Care for Kids plans to use the funding to purchase dental software necessary to expand its mobile services and link its four portable dental stations to the Mobile Dental Clinic software for its school-based health clinics, which would allow the Mobile Dental Clinic to serve more counties in the area.
St. Mary’s Mobile Dental Care for Kids, celebrating ten years of service, was created to better serve the children of the Evansville community who are without “dental homes” – a vision that continues to this day with an emphasis on those who face various barriers to receiving dental care. St. Mary’s is able to reach more children by treating kids on-site at area schools and other agency locations.
St. Mary’s Mobile Dental Care for Kids had 3,048 patient contacts in 2010. Procedures performed on the mobile clinic include: X-Rays, exams, teeth cleanings, sealants, crowns and extractions. St. Mary’s staff works with other local dental providers to perform additional procedures when necessary.
“We’re proud to shine a light on the important efforts of mobile dental clinics this year and the quality services they bring to those who might otherwise go without, including children,” said Susan Dewhirst, Goodness Programs Manager at Tom’s of Maine. “We look forward to seeing the new smiles these mobile clinics and others around the country will bring to their communities over the coming months.”
Other winning mobile dental clinics include Children’s Hospital Tooth Bus in New Orleans, Louisiana; Kids In Need of Dentistry (KIND) in Denver, Colorado; St. Joseph Health System – Sonoma County Cultivating Health Mobile Dental Clinic in Santa Rosa, California and St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Tom’s of Maine has a long history of supporting local non-profit dental clinics that provide greater access to quality, affordable dental care. To date, Tom’s of Maine Dental Health for All program has helped make nearly 200,000 additional patient visits possible with $900,000 in funding provided to more than 25 school and community-based dental clinics.
For more information on the winning clinics, visit www.tomsofmaine.com and to find out how to volunteer in your community, with vital organizations like these, enter your zip code at this page http://www.tomsofmaine.com/community-involvement/living-well/project-sponsorships.
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