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SoVaNow.com / January 31, 2013“You don’t know how lucky you are to have a facility like this,” said Deborah D. Oswalt, executive director of the Virginia Health Care Foundation, to a large crowd gathered Tuesday night for “Floss-Cutting Festivities” at Halifax Regional Health System's new dental clinic.
Noting that her group has invested some $8 million over the past 15 years to provide affordable dental care to Virginia families, Oswalt was effusive in her praise of hospital leadership and its commitment to the clinic at Houghton Industrial Park.
“We have made it our practice to support those who have their ducks in a row and are ready to go, not those who simply have a gleam in their eye for such a project,” she said.
Oswalt said the need for the clinic was illustrated by the Foundation’s work in a rural community on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. A survey taken there some years ago found that 75 percent of the fifth graders there had never received dental care.
Chris Thompson with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, another supporter of the clinic, also praised local leaders for their commitment to dental care, adding that the new clinic will greatly enhance the quality of life of local citizens.
Dave White, chairman of the Halifax Regional Health System board of directors, welcomed the crowd to a ceremomial “floss cutting” instead of the customary snipping of a red ribbon. Dr. James Priest, president of the hospital’s medical staff, followed with brief remarks.
HRHS president and Chief Executive Officer Chris Lumsden paid special tribute to retired local dentist Dr. Wayne Adams, a strong advocate of the project who worked hard to see it through to completion, said Lumsden.
“He may not be retired any longer,” said Lumsden teasingly.
Lumsden also recognized HRHS Chief Finance Officer Stewart Nelson for his efforts on behalf of the project.
Speaking on behalf of the Town of South Boston and the Virginia Tobacco Commission was South Boston Vice Mayor Ed Owens, who stressed the importance of the new clinic to the community.
The clinic is part of a 10,000 square foot expansion which was recently completed at Halifax Primary Care, located on Aubrey’s Loop inside the South Boston industrial park.
Dr. Bridget McDowell Brown, the clinic’s dental director, will begin seeing patients on Friday. Her patient base is expected to be roughly 80 percent ages 21 or younger, with 20 percent over the age of 21.
By focusing on children, the clinic will provide critical early prevention and treatment to curb future dental problems. The clinic will provide affordable, high quality dental services to area residents who do not have the financial means to ensure regular dental care.
The Virginia Tobacco Commission supported the clinic with a $400,000 grant for equipment and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development gave another $700,000. The Virginia Health Care Foundation approved $150,000 for the first year’s operational funding with other contributions coming from Delta Dental, Wells Fargo, Suntrust, Cap Trust and Morgan Trust.
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