From the Community Health Center.
Dental care providers from Community Health Center, Inc. provided free dental care to people in need and without insurance at its Middletown site last Saturday as part of the Mission of Mercy program.
“We provided 37 patients with an array of services from exams, X-rays and cleanings to fillings, dentures and extractions,” said Sheela Tummala, chief dental officer for CHC, who participated in and organized the event. “With the support and service of our volunteers, we were able to help many of the patients in need within our community.”
CHC provides dental care to its patients regardless of their ability to pay, using a sliding fee scale for those without Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. It periodically holds Mission of Mercy dental clinics to provide services to those who are not patients.
“The nurses and doctors are good; and because sometimes I have a job and sometimes I don’t, it can be difficult for me and my family to pay for my teeth. This helps,” said Noemi Campos, who received dental treatment at the event.
Thirteen staff members, including dental providers, dental assistants, hygienists, and patient service associates volunteered their time and services for the event while staff from CHC’s Healthcare for the Homeless helped schedule appointments and provide transportation.
Tummala said CHC will hold five more Missions of Mercy at different sites around Connecticut this year.