On November 3, Mercy Medical Center hosted a reception and open house to celebrate 10 years of providing accessible dental care for the general public, including the uninsured and underinsured, and offering a superior dental residency education program. Hospital administration and board members, Mercy Dental Services clinical directors, Mayor Thomas Bernabei, City of Canton, members of the Stark County Dental Society, representatives from foundations that supported Mercy Dental Services, local dentists, and current and past dental residents came together to celebrate Mercy Dental Services achievements and milestones over the last 10 years.
According to a report from the Ohio Department of Health, dental care remains the state’s No. 1 unmet health care need for children and low-income adults. As part of Mercy Medical Center’s efforts to combat these statistics, Mercy Dental Services and General Practice Residency Program was established in 2007 to help carry out the hospital’s century-long mission of providing quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable care for the whole person.
• Over 100,000 definitive patient visits
• Over 40 post-doctoral dental residents trained
• Expansion of the facility to accommodate special needs dentistry
• Utilization of surgery suite for medically-challenged patients that cannot be seen in a standard dental chair
• Outreach including free dental screenings in schools, churches and at health fairs
• Free oral cancer screenings
• Opening of a dental suite at Mercy Medical Center at St. Paul Square
• Establishment of Age One Dental visit program
“Mercy Dental Services is recognized as a program that philanthropy built with over $5 million dollars of national, state and regional charitable funding,” says Thomas F. Turner, vice president of government relations and president of Mercy Development Foundation. “We are so thankful for the people and organizations who generously invested to make this comprehensive oral health program a reality,” he says.
Funders include the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Anthem Foundation (now known as HealthPath Foundation of Ohio), Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation, Canton Community Development Block Grants, CareSource Foundation, Delta Dental Foundation, Ohio Dental Association, Ohio Department of Health, Paul and Carol David Foundation, Ronald McDonald Charities of Northeast Ohio, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, Sisters of the Humility of Mary, Timken Foundation, Mercy Service League and numerous local dentists and private donors.
About Mercy Dental Services
Accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA), Mercy Dental Services offers exceptional and affordable family dentistry. Our multi-specialty group of dentists provide a broad range of preventive, cosmetic and restorative dental services for adults and children. Mercy Dental Services also offers dentistry for special needs children and adults. Thanks to a generous gift from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, Mercy Dental Services purchased the diaco®dental chair, a fully mobile unit designed specifically for wheelchair patients. With the new lift, a patient remains comfortably in a personal wheelchair, eliminating all manual handling, lifting and hoisting for a safer and more dignified experience. For more information, visit cantonmercy.org/dental.Please click here for media inquiries