March 18, 2014

Mercy Dental Clinic receives high marks from patients and dental residents

The Mercy Dental Clinic at Mercy Medical Center received high marks from patients and dental residents in a recently released report from independent evaluator Dr. Catherine Demko.

Dr. Demko compiled and analyzed data on the impact of both the dental clinic and the Mercy General Practice Residency in Dentistry program. She presented the findings at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton February board meeting.

When surveyed, both patients and dental residents reported positive experiences. Just under half of the patients who responded had come to Mercy without a regular source of dental care. They reported that after they became clinic patients, they had much less difficulty in accessing care and were significantly less likely to delay preventive care. Every dental resident who responded stated that they were well-prepared by the residency program. Many residents said their experience taught them to value serving the low-income community.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton worked with Mercy Medical Center to establish the dental clinic and residency program in 2007 to provide optimal patient care for the uninsured, underserved and general populations, as well as a superior education for dental residents. The clinic has trained 37 dental residents and provided more than 51,000 individual treatments for nearly 9,000 unique patients since 2007. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton and Mercy Medical Center are ministries of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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