The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic (formerly Madre Angela Dental Clinic) is a collaborative program sponsored by Columbia St. Mary's (CSM) to provide dental care to people in poverty without access to care. The Clinic functions as the only provider of urgent dental care in Milwaukee for people without insurance except for the BadgerCare Core Plan. The Clinic also provides restorative care, dental appliances, dental hygiene services and a comprehensive school-based oral health program.
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic receives support from many organizations. A key collaborator is the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association which works to recruit volunteers to provide service to clients and assists in identifying funding opportunities. Support is also received through students of dental hygiene and dental assistant training programs. Local and national foundations have provided support as well. Ongoing funding from the United Way of Greater Milwaukee is focused on restorative dental care for people with low incomes. Corporate support from Delta Dental is critical to the clinic’s ability to provide urgent care treatment.
The Clinic provided 11,072 dental encounters in 2007. A third of the care provided was urgent care for people who walked into the clinic on referral from emergency departments, shelters, treatment centers and community programs. More than 100 dentures were also provided to people for whom oral functioning was extremely impaired or for whom employment options would be greatly improved by a better appearance. School-based oral health was given to 2,565 children. In 2007, the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic became the largest provider of School-based oral health in Wisconsin. Click here for more details to the oral health program. Overall, the value of dental services provided was more than $1.2 million in 2007.
Financial support is received through State of Wisconsin Oral Health Access funds, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, the Mission and Ministry Fund of the Daughters of Charity, BadgerCare Plus, Health Care for the Homeless, many local foundations and Columbia St. Mary's Foundation, which coordinates grant requests and individual donations for the clinic.
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic
1730 S. 13th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Elizabeth Nelson, Clinic Manager
Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Urgent Care Registration
People in need of urgent care must register at the clinic at 7:30 am. At that time, a drawing is held to determine treatment times for urgent care during that day. Part of the registration process will include providing proof of income within 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and residency in the following zip codes: 532XX, 53110, 53129, 53130, 53132, 53154, and 53172.
Restorative care for routine cleanings and fillings is limited. Seton Dental Clinic maintains a waiting list based on available financial sponsorships. Interested people should call the clinic to inquire about the restorative care waiting list. Patients with insurance coverage are not eligible for restorative care.
Referals are not needed for urgent care services.
For adult restorative dental care, referrals are accepted only from Seton's referral partner agencies. Those agencies include: St. Ben's Clinic, Ignace Indian Health Center, Walker's Point Clinic, Bread of Healing Clinic, Repairers of the Breach, Mercy Housing-Hope House, MATC Hygiene Clinic, CSM Family Medicine Clinic.
For children's restorative dental care, referrals are accepted only from the CSM Smart Smiles school-base oral health program.