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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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