Delta Dental Grants $500,000 to Madre Angela Dental Clinic

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Milwaukee, Wis., January, 2006 — A $500,000 grant from Delta Dental of Wisconsin will ensure that urgent dental care services continue at the Madre Angela Dental Clinic well into the future.

Created in 2000, the Madre Angela Dental Clinic, 1308 S. Cesar Chavez Drive, 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. In 2004, the clinic provided more than 9,600 dental services for urgent care, restorative dental care, and children’s sealants with a combined value of more than $1.2 million. Since the clinic's inception, more than $6 million in dental services has been provided.

The Delta Dental grant is payable over the next five years beginning in 2006, with $50,000 in matched funding required in 2007 and 2008, and $100,000 in matched funding required in 2009 and 2010. No match is required for the first $100,000 provided in 2006.

“Our Board of Directors was very impressed with the work the clinic is doing to meet the dental care needs of the underserved in the greater Milwaukee area,” said Dennis Brown, President and CEO of Delta Dental. “We are happy to support the expansion of urgent care services for those in need.”

“Since the closing of the Milwaukee County Medical Complex, underprivileged people in Milwaukee have had difficulty accessing urgent dental care,” said Bill Solberg, Director of Community Services at Columbia St. Mary’s. “While hospital emergency departments provide emergent medical care to people without insurance, they’re not equipped to provide emergent dental care. Through Delta Dental's generous grant, Madre Angela Dental Clinic will help to ensure that impoverished people without dental insurance can receive urgent dental care services.”

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. 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, dentures, root canals, exams, and X-rays.
  • A mobile dental sealant program for school-age children.

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.

Delta Dental of Wisconsin is a not-for-profit dental service corporation offering benefit services, claims processing, and plan administration to employers throughout Wisconsin since 1962. The company is headquartered in Stevens Point with sales offices in Milwaukee and Madison, and provides benefits and services to more than 1.2 million subscribers and their family members.

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.



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