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Community Health Services Completes Expansion

Renovations and expansions can be times of great anticipation for dental clinics. There are further challenges when the dental clinic is located in an old house in a historic district. Demolition is tinged with a shiver of dread as layers of flooring and wall are peeled back to reveal the bare bones of the building.

Expansion and renovation of Community Health Services (CHS), fueled in part by grant funding from the Ohio Department of Health and CHS, was completed in June 2008. Remarkably, the Fremont dental clinic remained open throughout the 3-month renovation.

The renovations completely flipped the design of the clinic and reception area and the clinic's new features include laminate flooring; well-lit work areas; accessibility for individuals with disabilities; and enhanced HIPAA compliance. The dental lab was improved and a new operatory installed, raising the total number of operatories from six to seven. There are future plans to reupholster the other six dental chairs which will further enhance the esthetics of the renovation.

Since 1970, CHS, a federally qualified health center, has been recognized nationally, as well as in northwest Ohio, as a provider of high-quality, affordable health care. The dental clinic accepts patients who are Medicaid-eligible, underinsured, or uninsured. Payment is determined using a sliding fee schedule based upon income.

The office is open Monday through Friday; children with oral health needs can be seen in a week or less, while there is a longer waiting period for adults. Call (419) 334-8855 for information or to make an appointment.

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February 2009

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