Third Street Community Clinic
Third Street Community Clinic is a Federally Qualified Health Center and Safety Net Dental Clinic located in Mansfield, Ohio serving dental patients from Richland and surrounding counties in north central Ohio.
Dental operations began in 2002 with five dental operatories. In 2005-06, as part of a $3.5 million dollar building and renovation program, Third Street added over 3,000 square feet of dedicated area to the Dental Department expanding the clinic’s capacity to 13 dental operatories. The clinic also segued to Electronic Health Records (EHR) in 2007, which has now been further enhanced by outfitting all operatories with Dentrix Enterprise Electronic Dental Records, fully digitalized radiography, funded in part with grant dollars from the Ohio Department of Health.
The result has been a steady, consistent increase in dental services to low-income patients of all ages living in the area. In 2008, Third Street provided more than five times the number of dental visits compared to their initial year in 2002.
Current staff includes three full-time dentists, two part-time dentists, two dental hygienists, seven dental assistants, one of whom is an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA), along with four additional support staff. Dr. Stacy Love is the Chief Dental Officer. Additionally, Third Street staff is supplemented two days each week with pediatric dentist specialty services from Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Ohio State University Pediatric Dental Residency Program. Finally, Third Street serves as a site for the O.H.I.O. Project (Oral Health Improvement through Outreach) of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry assisting in the training of two fourth-year dental students each week.
The Mansfield clinic is open 8am-5pm Monday and Friday, and 8am-7pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The clinic accepts patients who are Medicaid-eligible, underinsured, or uninsured. Payment is determined using a sliding fee schedule based upon income. Three of four Saturdays per month Third Street leases the dental clinic to a dentist who makes dentures for Medicaid-eligible and uninsured patients, and charges only the Medicaid reimbursement fee.
Third Street also operates the Morrow County Dental Clinic at 111 East Main Street in Cardington, Ohio each Friday. For information or to make an appointment at the Third Street Community Clinic, call (419) 522-1939, or (419) 864-9050 for the Morrow County Dental Clinic.