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Friday
Mar092012

JOEL BERG NAMED DEAN OF UWSoD

Dr. Joel Berg will become the next dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce has announced. 
Dr. Berg, who had been Lloyd and Kay Chapman Chair for Oral Health at the School, heading the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, will assume his new post on Aug. 15, subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents.
He will succeed Tim DeRouen, who was appointed interim dean for the 2011-2012 academic year after the resignation of Martha Somerman. She had left the deanship after nine years to become director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
Dr. Berg, nationally prominent as president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), furthered his reputation as director of the Center for Pediatric Dentistry, a partnership between the UW and Seattle Children’s hospital. The new facility at Seattle’s Magnuson Park, which he planned and brought to fruition with its opening in September 2010, has a mission of pediatric clinical care, dental and parent education, and research. Its major focus lies in early intervention, with an emphasis on dental visits by age 1.

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Thursday
Mar082012

Cooperative venture between SKCDS and Swedish Hospital opens

Left to right: Dental assistant Tawnya Main, Dental resident Alison Hoover, and Dr. Franco Audia.

 
Swedish Hospital recently added adult specialty dental care to the list of free services available to low-income uninsured and underinsured patients at the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic (SCSC).
Staffed by local volunteer dentists and oral surgeons from the Seattle-King County Dental Society, the dental clinic will initially focus on difficult tooth extractions, but will eventually include other procedures, such as root canals.
The clinic, which is located on Swedish’s First Hill campus,  has three operatories paid for by community grants and the Swedish Foundation. Program administrators estimate that 25 volunteer dental professionals will see up to 450 patients in the first year of the clinic’s operation. As many as 45 volunteer dentists and oral surgeons will treat an estimated 2,000 patients in year two.
The dental clinic is designed as a referral-based service, with patients coming through the Swedish system, or through a variety of low-income community clinics authorized to refer patients.
SCSC opened in September 2010 with medical services, but because of the need for specialty dental care in our region, it was designed with space that would accommodate the operatories. 
Swedish partners with Project Access Northwest (PANW) for operational support. PANW personnel provide effective patient triage and case management, and work with SCSC support staff to help maintain dentist schedules and set initial visits and follow-ups.

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Tuesday
Mar062012

WOHF: Impact & Innovation

When shaping the mission of the Washington Oral Health Foundation more than a decade ago, one thing was clear— while offering a variety of programs and opportunities for the less fortunate across the state would be at the core of what the Foundation would do, the educational component of the organization was the keystone. Foundation President Dr. Sally Hewett says, “The emphasis on oral health education for all is paramount.

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Friday
Mar022012

UW SoD Lowers Dental Clinic Fees

The clinic at the University of Washington's Dental School has announced it will lower its fees for Medicaid eligible patients.

Steve Steinberg writes, "The new fee schedule, called the UW Community Dental Plan, features prices discounted as much as 85 percent below average dental fees in the Seattle area. The new fees are currently scheduled to be implemented in late March.

Prices will be $58 for a comprehensive oral exam, which includes a full oral health evaluation, a complete set of dental X-rays and a treatment plan. Other procedures include one-surface fillings for $32, root canals for $235 and complete upper or lower dentures for $390."

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