Medina County Health Department Dental Services
The Medina County Oral Health Coalition was formed in August 2001 to assess the dental needs of the county’s uninsured /underinsured families and possible viable solutions. Lack of accessible dental care for low-income families was indeed identified by many county officials and organizations; the coalition readily agreed to proceed in developing a safety net dental clinic. In a little over two years, the Coalition and the Medina County Health Department successfully raised funds, were awarded grants, a portion of which came from the Ohio Department of Health, and opened the Medina County Health Department Dental Services as a new program operated by the Medina County Health Department in October 2003. Good news spread quickly and the fledgling agency began to meet the dental needs for Medina County residents who normally could not afford dental care.
The Medina County Health Department Dental Services provides affordable access to dental care year-round for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Utilizing four dental operatories, services include cleanings, exams, x-rays, sealants, fillings, endodontics, extractions, dentures, and partials. The clinic also provides care using portable equipment to severely handicapped clients from area nursing homes and those with special needs. Led by Dental Health Coordinator, Bev Kreiner, the facility employs six dentists, Dr. Scott McCune, Dr. Jennie Nichols, Dr. Jamison Hendricks, Dr. Allan Scherl, Dr. Geoffrey Stefko, Dr. Ashok Desphande and one volunteer oral surgeon. Support staff includes one dental hygienist, six dental assistants and three central office staff.
With the continued support of the Medina County Oral Health Coalition, the Medina County Health Department Dental Services maintains a strong presence in the community collaborating with the Medina County Women’s Journal, many local dentists, and Visage Surgical Center. These sponsors and partners assist in funding one of the Coalition’s most successful yearly events, “Breakfast with the Tooth Fairy” held at the Medina Salvation Army. The Medina County Oral Health Coalition invites parents, grandparents and children to celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month with the Tooth Fairy by enjoying breakfast, games, crafts and a photo with the Tooth Fairy. Tickets are available for a nominal fee at several local dental offices as well as the Salvation Army. Proceeds from the breakfast benefit the Medina County Health Department Dental Services.
The future is looking bright for expanding the service area as plans are currently in process for the Medina County Health Department to establish a satellite facility that will include all health department divisions. It will be located in the southern part of Medina County where unmet health needs are significant.
The clinic accepts Medicaid and offers sliding fee scale payments for those who qualify. For more information, call the Medina County Health Department at 330-662-0473 or toll-free at 1-888-723-9688, or visit http://www.medinahealth.org.