2018-09-13 / Opinions

Affordable dental care expands in Saginaw with “floss cutting”

Submitted by Great Lakes Bay Health Centers

SAGINAW - Great Lakes Bay Health Centers (GLBHC) has opened a new dental center on Warren Ave. in Saginaw.

Great Lakes Bay Health Centers has been providing dental services for many years throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region and saw the need increasing in the downtown Saginaw area. They owned the building at 321 N. Warren Ave. but it needed a lot of remodeling for a dental center. GLBHC received a Federal Grant for $1 million but still needed to raise another $1.2 million for the renovation.

For the past 50 years, Great Lakes Bay Health Centers has been one of the partners in the region that has worked to help improve the quality of services and access to care within the community. Communications & Development Director Jeffrey Reinarz said GLBHC is honored to have help from community partners and foundations allowing them to further their mission of quality healthcare to help improve the community’s access to care. All together, 10 foundations donated the $1.2 million needed, and the biggest contributors were the Dow Corning Foundation, Delta Dental Foundation, and Harvey Randall Wickes Foundation.

“The H.R. Wickes Foundation was extremely impressed by both the manner in which the fundraising campaign was conducted and the dental center project itself. The dental center was clearly needed by the Great Lakes Bay community and we are pleased to have been a part of this undertaking,” said Craig Horn, representing the H. R. Wickes Foundation.

The Delta Dental Foundation has partnered with GLBHC in the past as well, and was excited to help again with this new center. “We are proud of our partnership with Great Lakes Bay and applaud its commitment to expanding access to high quality dental care for those who live in Saginaw,” said Teri Battaglieri, Executive Director for the Delta Dental Foundation.

GLBHC has established an excellent record of providing high quality medical and dental over their 50-year history. Their dental department is really proud to have this facility for their patients. There is a lack of access to dental care for the underserved or people without insurance within many of the communities throughout the Great Lakes Region.

“There has been a lack of access to care, both from the availability of chair space, as well as dental Providers to help fulfill the need that we have in the community. We have worked hard, in conjunction with the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, to recruit dentists to the area, who reside here, whose children go to school here, and who remain in the area,” said Dr. Crowley, Chief Dental Officer at GLBHC. “We provide comprehensive services within our clinics, from root canals, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, etc.”, he added.

For more information, visit www.GreatLakesBayHealth.org.

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