(Napa, CA) – Queen of the Valley Medical Center's (QVMC) new Mobile Dental Clinic opens its doors to the public at a community open house, Wednesday, May 11th from 12 -6 p.m. The new mobile clinic, sporting expanded capacity and a sparkling new look, is part of QVMC’s community outreach efforts, designed to provide accessible, affordable care for many low income families that otherwise would not receive dental services. Visitors are invited to tour the new mobile unit, which will be parked in front of the Medical Center at 1000 Trancas St.
The new Dental Mobile Clinic allows for an expansion of low-cost dental services for young people in the Napa community. With the addition of an extra dental chair, clinic staff are able to see up to 330 patients per month – a 40% increase since October of last year, when the new unit arrived. This increased capacity has also enabled an increase in the number of sites served: The clinic now reaches nine (9) low income schools, including the recently added site at the Napa County Office of Education, which serves 472 pre-school, disadvantaged and special needs children and teens.
For more than seven years the Queen’s Mobile Dental Clinic program has served young residents of the Napa Valley, ranging in age from six months to the recently raised age of 21. The clinic brings care directly to low-income children at specific Napa County neighborhoods. During the past fiscal year, the mobile clinic had 2,750 visits (554 new patients). The results of this care are striking: patients seen by clinic staff demonstrate a 95% improvement in overall oral health after six months, and a 92% decrease in cavities in the same period.
Dr. Mohsenzadeh, Director of the Queen’s Mobile Dental Clinic, notes that the clinic fills a critical gap, serving uninsured and underinsured area residents: "The Queen’s Dental Clinic accepts all government-based dental insurance, and also sees uninsured patients on a sliding-fee scale, expanding dental services to many who would otherwise not receive dental care.
"And now," she notes, "our commitment to education and preventive care is paying off in improved oral hygiene among patients, with a sharply reduced need for immediate interventions." In fact, doctors report that more than 90% of patients are free of decay at their 6-month recall visits, with virtually all repeat patients showing improved knowledge and practice of oral hygiene and regular preventive care.
To make the clinic easy to find and identify as it moves through the sites and Napa County, the unit is now adorned with new a great colorful design and a snappy new slogan – "We Go Miles for Healthy Smiles." The slogan sprang from a competition among QVMC staff to develop a tagline that conveys the spirit and the message of the clinic’s vital work. Jaime Peñaherrera, Queen’s Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations expressed delight with the line chosen: "We believe the slogan sums up, in a fun and engaging way, the Mobile Dental Clinic's mission. Plus," Peñaherrera concludes, "it reminds us each day that the new unit is helping to put smiles on thousands of young faces and enhancing the quality of life for those in need – one tooth at a time."
For information about the Mobile Clinic Open House, call 707.251.2055. For information on the
Queen's Community Outreach services, visit http://www.thequeen.org/CommunityOutreach.
About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Rated by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's Best Hospitals, the Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at www.thequeen.org
Queen of the Valley Medical Center was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve.
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