Milwaukee, Wis., May 2, 2005 — In its first five years, the Madre Angela Dental Clinic has provided essential dental care for thousands of people with limited means. On Tuesday, May 10, the people behind the program’s success will be honored during the clinic’s fifth anniversary celebration, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Atrium Community Room of the Cathedral of St. John, 812 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee.
The Madre Angela Dental Clinic, 1308 S. Cesar Chavez Drive, Milwaukee, provides free dental care for children and adults with limited financial resources, such as those without insurance or other access to dental care. The clinic serves people from Milwaukee, Racine, Waukesha, and Ozaukee counties. Since its inception in 2000, the clinic has provided more than 24,000 dental services valued at $4.9 million to more than 8,000 people.
“We will be honoring the donors, volunteer dentists, and our staff for their commitment to providing high-quality dental services during our first five years of operation,” said Bill Solberg, Director of Community Services for Columbia St. Mary’s. “The celebration will recognize those who have contributed their time, money, and other resources to ensure that those in need receive proper dental care.”
The clinic has benefited from a unique collaboration of health providers and organizations. Volunteer dentists from the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association (GMDA) and the Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) are important service providers. Dentists from the organizations also serve on the clinic’s Advisory Board and, along with staff, have been instrumental in securing federal and foundation funds for the clinic. St. Francis Hospital donates the clinic space and utilities. Aurora Health Care provides funding support. Milwaukee Public Schools, Health Care for the Homeless, Ignace Indian Health Center, Walker’s Point Clinic, St. Ben’s Clinic, Marquette Allied Health Services and others provide Advisory Board leadership. Waukesha County Technical College and Milwaukee Area Technical College provide dental hygiene and dental assistant student support.
Poor dental health can hinder people in many ways, including their employment. Special guest Neal Chandek, of Milwaukee, will share his personal experience as a former patient of Madre Angela. When Chandek came to clinic, he was unemployed and struggling to find work. He had a painful dental condition that made it difficult to play his jazz trumpet, and also made him feel self-conscious about his appearance. In addition, Chandek didn’t have access to dental care.
A skilled musician trained at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Chandek first came to Madre Angela Dental Clinic to receive urgent care for a painful tooth. There, he not only found relief for his pain, but also received a full dental assessment that led to a treatment plan and a custom dental appliance. The appliance improved Chandek’s appearance and, just as importantly, allowed him to play the trumpet again. He has returned to performing publicly with great confidence.
During the anniversary event, Chandek will entertain guests with his trumpet to showcase the impact of the Madre Angela Dental Clinic in providing “dental care that changes lives.”
About Madre Angela Dental Clinic
Opened in February 2000, Madre Angela Dental Clinic is a collaboration between Milwaukee hospitals and local educational and community groups. Columbia St. Mary’s serves as the clinic sponsor, and the clinic is a department within Mission Services at the health care system. This allows the clinic to use in-kind support such as purchasing, accounting, risk management, pharmacy support, and other services to reduce the cost of running the clinic. In addition to financial support and equipment donations, the clinic relies on donated services from volunteer dentists and dental hygienists.
The clinic provides the same quality care as in a private dental office, including routine dental services and urgent care needs. All those who qualify as impoverished receive care. Services include:
Preventive dental care (cleaning, fluoride treatment, oral hygiene instruction) provided by students from dental hygiene programs.
Dentist services such as fillings, extractions, bridges, dentures, crowns, root canals, exams, and X-rays.
A mobile dental sealant program for school-age children.
About Columbia St. Mary’s
Columbia St. Mary's is comprised of four hospitals: Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee, Columbia St. Mary's Columbia Campus, Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee, and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute, as well as 28 primary care clinics, the Columbia College of Nursing, a partnership with the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, the new River Woods Outpatient Center in Glendale, and new Urgent Care Center in downtown Milwaukee. The system serves individuals and families in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Washington counties, with more than 158 years of service. In 2006, Columbia St. Mary’s was named a Solucient Top 100 Hospital. Columbia St. Mary's and its sponsor organizations, Ascension Health and Columbia Health System, share a mission to make a positive difference in the health status and lives of individuals in the community with a special concern for those who are vulnerable.