Abington – Jefferson Health’s Dental Care Access Program Serves Over 100 Local Residents

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Grant-funded program provides uninsured patients with full range of dental services by partnering with local dentists from the Montgomery-Bucks Dental Society.

Pictured (l-r) are F. Lee Mangan, VNA Foundation board; Meg McGoldrick, president, Abington-Jefferson Health; Julie Paslowski, social worker, Dental Program; and Curt Deardorff, VNA Foundation.

Abington – Jefferson Health is grateful for the opportunity to continue this collaboration, which affords the North Penn region with continued access to dental care in the local community.

Abington – Jefferson Health is pleased to announce that it has received a second $100,000 grant from the VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn in support of its Dental Care Access program, which offers quality and accessible dental care to low-income families in the region.

The Abington Dental Care Access program, which launched in October 2014, is designed to provide dental services to uninsured patients and those who have Medicaid coverage. Through the program, dental care is provided in the offices of 42 participating dentists from the Montgomery – Bucks Dental Society. These dentists provide the full range of dental services, which are subsidized by Abington through the VNA Foundation grant dollars. Services provided include cleanings, root canals, scaling, extractions, crowns, fillings, partials, anesthesia, X-rays and sealants.

When the program began last year, patients who previously used the Abington Health Dental Clinic were notified of local dentists in the area who could provide services through the Dental Care Access program. From the inception of the program through June 2015, 79 adults and 29 children accessed services worth $76,000.

“Abington – Jefferson Health is grateful for the opportunity to continue this collaboration, which affords the North Penn region with continued access to dental care in the local community,” said Meg McGoldrick, President, Abington – Jefferson Health. “Patients who may have previously accessed care in a clinic setting will likely find this model of care in private offices more convenient, as more dentists are available. This is so important because dental care is a key component of overall good health.”

For more information about the Dental Care Access program, call 215 -855 -8296.

About Abington – Jefferson Health
Abington – Jefferson Health encompasses Abington Hospital in Abington, Abington – Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township, two urgent Care Centers and five convenient outpatient facilities, which include Abington Health Center – Willow Grove, Abington Health Center – Warminster, Abington Health Center – Blue Bell, Abington Health Center – Lower Gwynedd and Abington Health Center – Montgomeryville. More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Hospital and Abington – Lansdale Hospital. In addition, some physicians are members of Abington Health Physicians, an employed network of primary care physicians and specialists. Abington – Jefferson Health is part of Jefferson Health and Jefferson, a newly formed organization dedicated to providing the highest quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

About The Montgomery – Bucks Dental Society
The Montgomery – Bucks Dental Society (MBDS) is the local component of parent organization The American Dental Association. The MBDS represents and services the professional needs of over 800 dentist members in Montgomery and Bucks counties. It also provides further education to its member dentists to ensure the highest quality of dental care is provided to their patients.

About The VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn
The VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn enhances the health and well-being of residents in local communities by contributing to organizations which have the capacity to strengthen the lives of individuals and families along a continuum of need, with the goal of building stronger and healthier communities for generations to come.

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