Exciting things are happening this spring at the ARC! Patient numbers are growing, we have received several new funding sources, and the dental clinic has a new mascot. Read below for more details!
New Dental Services
The ARC is pleased to announce a $30,484 grant from the Virginia Health Care Foundation, a non-profit public/private partnership whose mission is to increase access to primary health care for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians.
The $30,484 in grant funding will be used to provide in-house endodontic procedures (including build ups, root canals and crowns) to our dental patients. The endodontist will work at the clinic one day a week and will also be providing general dentistry to pregnant women in the “Healthy Virginia Plan” program, which gives full dental coverage during pregnancy and 60 days after birth. There are currently very few options for Medicaid patients in need of endodontic procedures in our area. Providing endodontics in-house will be a substantial improvement in primary care for the Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro area.
Every Woman's Life Program and Komen Partnership Going Strong
The Women’s Health program at the ARC works in coordination with Every Woman’s Life, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Virginia Department of Health. Every Woman’s Life is able to enroll and pay for breast imaging for eligible women in the Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro area. Besides routine mammography, the program pays for diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound and breast biopsy for women who require more than screening. To be eligible, women must be Virginia residents, live in a household of 200% Federal Poverty or less, and have no health insurance. If diagnosed with breast cancer while enrolled in Every Woman’s Life, women are referred to the Department of Social Services to be approved and enrolled in a “special” Medicaid that can pay for their treatment – making their cancer care entirely free.Thanks to a very generous annual grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Clinic has a robust Women’s Health service, and hosts the Every Woman’s Life program. Sheri Bang, program director, is enthusiastic. “It’s a fabulous grant. The Komen Foundation’s support essentially allows the clinic to have a dedicated nurse-coordinator who tracks and schedules women’s health appointments for clinic enrollees.” In addition to scheduling and maintaining the follow-up of these patients, the nurse is able to distribute health information and raise patient awareness about their health needs through educational programs and information. Sandy Miller, the RN who provides this service, is passionate about the program. “We have so many women in our community who need assistance with screening and treatment, yet don’t know where to turn. This program is literally a lifesaver for our community.”
Mojo Monkey Visits Schools
Mojo the Monkey has been visiting area elementary schools lately and dispensing good dental advice! Mojo, a monkey recently adopted by the ARC, teaches children how to brush teeth safety and effectively. Carrie Durham, the Office Manager for the ARC, and Ashley Houser, a Registered Dental Hygienist with the ARDC, took Mojo the Monkey on the road last week to Stump Elementary. They spoke to parents and students alike about the services offered at the clinic, and provided health and dental education. Mojo was very popular with everyone, and had his teeth brushed until they glistened! This week Mojo started making the rounds with the staff providing the ORCAS programming. In addition to brushing teeth, Mojo is excellent at soothing anxious children and providing a happy distraction. Welcome Mojo the Monkey!