By Olivia MacKenzie - Corporate Partnership and Events Officer
In 2011 we announced plans to add a new dental clinic to expand access for our patients. Each of our four primary care sites includes an onsite or nearby dental clinic-- except one. Our patients that are seen for primary care in Beaverton, must travel to other sites for dental services, which is an added barrier to our patients who already experience challenges in their health care needs.
We believe that oral health care is an important component of a patient's overall wellness, so we are excited to move forward with this project. Below are some of the key updates on the progress of this clinic which is slated to open in Fall 2013:
We have been successful in raising the funds necessary to move the project forward and we have raised almost $300,000 in capital funds from a diversified group of partners.
We have identified an ideal location for the new clinic and we are in the final negotiations with the owner for the lease terms and property improvements. The space will provide our patients with access to the clinic on public transportation. Further, the property owner has offered generous tenant improvements to prepare the space and save Virginia Garcia start-up costs.
We have secured a corporate partner, DCI International, who has committed to the donation of the dental chairs and equipment needed to outfit three dental operatories.
In winter 2012, we received a multi-year technical assistance grant from DentaQuest, which provided us with an in-depth analysis and overview of our dental operations. The consultants noted that a start-up clinic with our planned staffing ratios should have at least six chairs to operate most efficiently and effectively. As a result of this recommendation, we’ve increased the scope of the project from three chairs to six chairs. (As stated above, we have secured the initial three chairs and we’ve been invited us to submit a request for the donation of an additional three.)
Our dental supply vendor partnered with us on development of the plan for the dental clinic and they’re working closely with a contractor to come up with a detailed plan for doing all that would be needed to convert the space for a dental clinic, including plumbing, trenching, electrical systems, etc.
Not only does the new site have the necessary space for six dental operatories, it has additional square footage that will provide much-needed group visit and meeting space for dental programs such as Baby Days, and it can also be used by nearby Virginia Garcia Beaverton Primary Care clinic.
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