Chase Brexton Health Care recently received a grant of $75,000 from the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation to continue its efforts to provide quality, affordable dental care amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding will support Chase Brexton’s dental services at its Mt. Vernon, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Randallstown Centers.
"These funds make it possible for patients who would otherwise go without services to receive much needed dental care,” said Dr. Brooks Woodward, Dental Director for Chase Brexton. “This is care that many of us take for granted and that is sometimes out of reach due to finances for many individuals, but can often change individual lives.”
In Fiscal Year 2020 Chase Brexton dental staff saw patients at 14,332 dental visits. Overall, 93 percent of Chase Brexton patients live at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, and 67 percent of patients live at 100 percent or less of that level. Among all uses of the Hope Lives Here patient assistance fund, dental care and needs were the third-largest area of demand, with $19,115 in support distributed for those needs in FY 2020.
Woodward recalled recently seeing a patient whose upper denture was badly in need of replacement, and who said she had never been able to afford a bottom denture.
“When I told her we would make her a new upper denture and a lower denture, and we would use Delta Dental Grant funds to cover it, she started to cry,” Woodward said. “It's moments like this that are so rewarding for us as healthcare providers when we can affect someone so profoundly. These funds allow that to happen.”
“Delta Dental of California is committed to enhancing the health and lives of people in our communities, especially those who are most in need,” said Kenzie Ferguson, vice president of Foundation and corporate social responsibility for Delta Dental of California. “We take enormous pride partnering with Chase Brexton Health Care to increase access to care and health outcomes for Baltimore residents.”