Grants for Providing Quality Dental Care
The Community Care Clinic got a grant for dental supplies for the whole year. This is the third straight year that they got the grant from Delta Dental of North Carolina. Curtis Ladig, CEO and president of Delta Dental, presented a check worth $5,500 to the clinic’s executive director Krista Woolly. To date, the clinic has received more than $15,000 from the dental insurance carrier’s foundation.
Representative Harry Warren was also present during the presentation of the check. His office has worked with the clinic in helping his constituents get dental services. The clinic serves adults of Rowan County ages 19 and above, who don’t have Medicaid, live at 200 percent of the poverty level, and have no insurance coverage.
Ladig said that the foundation gets applications each year. The company assesses each application based on the impact they have on the communities. Ladig stated that they are happy to choose Community Care Clinic for the last three years because of the good work they do for the county.
Woolly said that every $1 given to the client, its patients get $8 worth of services and care. Dental patients are more costly due to their complicated treatments. Every time a person sits on the dental chair, the clinic gets expenses. The clinic is limited by dentists, volunteers, and supplies.
Donations help with the expenses. The clinic also received a grand from the Office of Rural Health and helped fund a part-time dental assistant as well as increase the hours for dentists and dental hygienists.
Because of the grants, the Community Care Clinic has increased patient visits by 60 percent from 2012 to 2013. The clinic more than 1,000 visits from patients in 2013. During the day of the presentation of the grant from Delta Dental, the dentist saw around 20 patients.
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