ROCHESTER, MN. – Community Dental Care announced today it has received a substantial grant from Mayo Clinic to support construction and start-up of its new 18-operatory dental clinic in Rochester.
“This grant is extremely important to our ability to build and open our new clinic in Rochester,” said Dr. Vacharee Peterson, CEO of Community Dental Care. “With lack of access to oral health care a serious and growing problem in southeastern Minnesota, we are so grateful for this support from Mayo Clinic! Their donation is a significant investment in providing a dental home for thousands of people in need.”
Community Dental Care currently has a small, 6-chair dental clinic in the Heintz Center on the Rochester Community and Technical College campus. Since opening in 2012 it has run two shifts daily to keep up with the demand. The new clinic will be located at 2120 US Highway 14 East in Rochester, on a public transportation route. While the current clinic is on target to serve 6,000 patients in 2016, with about 96% of them enrolled in Minnesota public programs or uninsured, the new clinic is expected to serve more than 10,000 unduplicated patients annually once it is fully staffed. The first phase of the clinic will open with 9 of the planned 18 dental operatories in September 2017.
In addition to general dental services, Community Dental Care will offer their nationally recognized community-based preventive education programs for children and parents, training for dental professional students, and will create 35 new, full-time professional jobs for local residents. The clinic will be the headquarters for oral health services and community oral health programs throughout Southeast Minnesota.
About Community Dental Care
Community Dental Care is one of the largest nonprofit dental clinics in Minnesota and is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Health as one of six successful models statewide providing dental services for underserved communities. Its mission is to ensure equal access to quality dental care and preventive education for all. They achieve this through clinical services, community preventive education programs, training of professionals, and advocacy. Founded by Drs. Vacharee and Andrew Peterson, the clinic was for-profit for 22 years before incorporating as a nonprofit in 2004. Today, they operate four clinics in St. Paul, Maplewood, Robbinsdale, and Rochester. In 2016, they will provide care for more than 50,000 individual patients—92% low-income, 65% a racial/ethnic minority, and 47% children. For more information, visit: www.cdentc.org
About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy that the needs of the patient come first. Over 3,000 physicians and scientists and 46,600 allied staff work at Mayo which has sites in Rochester, Minn., Jacksonville, Fla., and Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz. Mayo Clinic also serves more than 70 communities through the Mayo Clinic Health System. Collectively, these locations treat more than half a million people each year. For more information, visit: www.mayoclinic.org