Columbia Memorial Hospitals Mobile Dental Health Services Program is a recipient of the New York State Dental Foundation Give Kids a Smile Award, in recognition of its efforts to improve the oral health needs of children in Columbia and Greene Counties. The Board of the Foundation voted unanimously to award this program $3,000 for the purchase of equipment that will allow the van to be more accessible to the public.
The Hospitals Mobile Dental Health Services unit travels to elementary schools in Columbia and Greene Counties providing dental prevention and treatment services for students. Since 2007, the program has provided preventive services as well as oral health education in eleven elementary schools in two counties. Pending parental consent, children are provided a dental exam, digital x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, and if necessary, fillings and simple extractions by Columbia Memorial Hospitals licensed dentist and hygienist. All services are provided regardless of the familys ability to pay.
In anticipation of the challenges of the future and the expansion of the Mobile Dental Services program, awarded funds will be used to purchase a mobile generator to provide access to sites that do not have the specialized electrical outlet. This would allow the unit to travel to remote areas where low cost dental services are limited.
Dental services will also be available for children and adults during the summer months when the dental unit travels to various community sites. Adult services include dental cleanings, exams, digital x-ray, fillings and simple extractions. Appointments are available from June 15 August 30 by calling the Mobile Dental Health Services office at (518) 697-7892.
Caption: Included in the photo from left to right is Mary Daggett RN, Director Community Health Services and Grants, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Laura Leon, Executive Director, New York State Dental Foundation, Jacqueline Goddeau, Columbia Memorial Hospital Dental Van Coordinator, Denise Hess, Columbia Memorial Hospital Dental Hygienist, Ann Mueller, Representative from Congressman Gibsons office, and Nancy Winch, Director Columbia County Department of Health.