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Entries in Charitable Care (55)

Thursday
Apr052012

In her own words: UWSoD STUDENT INNA PISKORSKA IN HAITI, Pt. 2

 Inna Piskorska is a third year dental student at the UWSoD, currently in Haiti with a group of dentists and students. The group is hosted by Medical Relief International, an organization formed by WSDA member Dr. Mike Karr. Piskorska approached the WSDA News about a story of her travels and experiences while in Haiti, and we asked her to start by blogging about her experiences while she was there. This is her second report. 

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Friday
Mar232012

In Her Own Words: UWSoD Student Inna Piskorska in Haiti

Inna Piskorska is a third year dental student at the UWSoD, currently in Haiti with a group of dentists and students. The group is hosted by Medical Relief International, an organization formed by WSDA member Dr. Mike Karr. Piskorska approached the WSDA News about a story of her travels and experiences while in Haiti, and we asked her to start by blogging about her experiences while she was there. This is the first of her reports.

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Tuesday
Mar202012

2012 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINATIONS

2011 Citizen of the year, Dr. Mike Karr, and his wife, Cheryl
 

Each year the WSDA requests nominations for its most prestigious award, the Citizen of the Year. The WSDA is looking for those members who have displayed exemplary service to the community through civic activities. This may include service with organizations, schools, non-salaried government positions or church sponsored community activities. Volunteer work does not have to be dental related.   

The award is presented at the Citizen of the Year banquet held during the annual House of Delegates meeting in September. This year the banquet will be held on September 14th in Walla Walla. Last year’s winner was Dr. Mike Karr, recognized for his tireless work in Haiti, Tanzania/Uganda, the Philippines, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Nominations may be made by an individual member of the WSDA, a component dental society, or staff of a WSDA member dentist. The deadline for nominations is April 26.

To submit your nomination, please click here to complete the form

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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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