CALGARY, Jan. 13, 2017 /CNW/ - dentalcorp, Canada's largest network of dental practices, today committed a $150,000 sponsorship to The Alex Dental Health Bus, ensuring the continuation of important dental care services free of charge for children and families in need in Calgary. In addition to the sponsorship dollars and the volunteer efforts of its dentist partners and teams, dentalcorp has also partnered with Henry Schein, Inc, the world's largest provider of health care products, to raise another $80,000 in supplies and equipment to support the Dental Health Bus.
The Alex Dental Health Bus visits children and youth at schools in identified high-need areas. Services include oral health screenings, sealants and fluoride treatments as well as oral health education and instruction.
"The Dental Health bus is always facing funding pressure and we are grateful for dentalcorp's generous support which will be a valuable contribution towards the bus's operating costs" said Denise Kokaram, Program Lead for the Alex Dental Health Bus. "Together with continued sponsorship from existing donors and fundraising efforts the Dental Health Bus team and professional volunteers will continue to care for patients who cannot afford dental services."
"Our dentist partners and teams are generous, compassionate members of their communities, and this is our collective way of giving back and using our resources to lend a hand to those who need it," said dentalcorp CEO Graham Rosenberg.
Patients receiving services through The Alex Dental Health Bus are also eligible to attend a Dental Access Clinic which is provided by dental practices in the area on a volunteer basis. Dr. Craig Young and his team at Orijin Integrated Dentistry will provide the first clinic in 2017 this Sunday.
"My partnership with dentalcorp provides me and my practice with the resources and flexibility to give back to our community that we didn't have before," said Dr. Young. "Calgary is our home. No one should have their health compromised, or be left in pain just because they lack resources. There is not one dentist that I know that would not help someone in need. The Alex Dental Health Bus is one of the few and very important ways individuals who lack resources can access much required care and attention."
Mr. Rosenberg continued, "The Alex Dental Health Bus and supporting team provides a tremendous service to the Calgary community. dentalcorp is fortunate to be able to leverage our scale and network in support of this great cause. We encourage others to contribute any way that they can."
Media are advised of two opportunities related to this announcement:
Friday, January 13: Officials from dentalcorp and The Alex will be available to media to discuss the new sponsorship at The Alex Dental Health Bus, 101, 1318 Centre St. NE from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m
On Sunday, January 15 from 9:00am to 1:00pm, the dentalcorp sponsored Alex Dental Health Bus will be present while a Dental Access Clinic is being facilitated by Orijin Integrated Dentistry, a volunteer practice and dentalcorp partner, at 319 15th Ave SW, Calgary, T2R 0R1. Media are invited to drop by and see first-hand the tremendous care being provided by dentalcorp partners in Calgary.
dentalcorp is focused on acquiring and partnering with leading, growth-oriented general and specialist dental practices across Canada. The unique value proposition allows dentist Partners to retain their clinical and operating autonomy while dentalcorp, as their business partner, provides comprehensive strategic expertise and tactical resources to support their growth. This enables Partners to focus their energy on delivering optimal patient care. For more information, visit dentalcorp.ca.
About The Alex
Whole people need whole health care. The Alex is focused on the physical, mental, emotional and economic well-being of their clients. The Alex's health, housing and food programs support Calgary's most vulnerable neighbours, and tackles tough health and social issues head-on. Their preventative, cost-effective programs save millions in taxpayer dollars by moving people from poverty to stability and from crisis to wellness.
For more information about the Alex visit thealex.ca
About Orijin Integrated Dentistry
Orijin Integrated Dentistry is a general dentistry practice located in South West Calgary. For over 25 years, Dr. Craig Young has worked with a network of healthcare professionals to examine the relationship between oral health and overall body wellness. By identifying the root cause of a dental problem, Dr. Young and his team can discuss the best path for a patient's overall health and healing. Orijin Integrated Dentistry is committed to improving the mind, body, spirit and smiles of their patients. For more information, or to become a new patient, visit orijin.ca or call (403) 777-2100.
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