St. Elizabeth Dental Clinic
The March 30, 2011 blessing and open house of the St. Elizabeth Dental Clinic marked the culmination of a 3.5 year journey to expand dental clinic operations to serve Ohio’s most vulnerable populations living in Mahoning County. Support for the expansion project was provided by the Humility of Mary Health Partners Development Foundation, HealthPath Foundation, the Ohio Department of Health, and the US Health Resources and Services Administration. Four state-of-the-art dental operatories were added, increasing the total to eight, with features such as electronic medical records, digital radiography, cameras for patients to view the exam and a patient education video program.
The General Practice Residency Programs (GPR) serves as a post-graduate educational experience for dentists, providing them the opportunity to deliver comprehensive care on both an outpatient and inpatient basis in a safe hospital environment. In general, new dental graduates demonstrate rudimentary understanding of diagnosis and treatment planning when dealing with patients who have overlapping diseases or health complications. The GPR prepares residents to manage total oral health by offering instruction and experience that will, hopefully, last lifetime in the delivery of dental care to a broad range of patients.
In 2010, St. Elizabeth’s Dental Clinic was one of just three dental programs in the nation to receive the “Best Practice” award from Safety Net Solutions, a non-profit program providing technical assistance and practice management in 17 states. The award recognizes the hard work and accomplishments of safety net dental programs that have translated into positive improvements for the communities they serve. "St. Elizabeth Dental Clinic had a challenging mission to fulfill because of the ever growing need for care in their community. Despite challenges, the St. Elizabeth's staff created a team culture of internal accountability and relentlessly pursued the strategic action plan laid out for them and would not settle for anything less than an excellent result,” said Dr. Mark Doherty, director of Safety Net Solutions.
The dental clinic is located in the Ambulatory Care Center at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center, at 1001 Covington Ave, Youngstown OH 44501. Office hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday – Friday, phone 330-480-3195. For more information regarding the General Residency Program, visit http://www.hmpartners.org/seresidency_dental.aspx.
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