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Clinic funds boost outlook

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Piedmont Virginia Dental Health Foundation of Martinsville has completed a shaky financial year with strong results.

The foundation operates the Community Dental Clinic in uptown Martinsville. Since the clinic opened in 2006, it has provided more than $6.1 million in dental services to the unemployed or uninsured adults and children in Martinsville and Henry County. There have been 26,502 patient visits during that time.

Income for the fiscal year which ended June 30 was $458,165.10, an increase of about $45,716 because of the support of The Harvest Foundation and the community.

Fees from patients totaled $216,023.36, yet dental services were valued at $987,869 for the year, said Dr. Mark Crabtree, president of the foundation.

“The Community Dental Clinic has become a symbol of hope and commitment for better health care,” Crabtree said. “We could not look forward to the new fiscal year without the financial support of individuals, businesses and foundations.”

Expenses increased by about $43,500 to total $416,700. They covered salaries and operating expenses at the clinic, which has 4.5 positions.

Last fall, the clinic faced the need to reduce operations because of the financial shortfall. Because of the success of the fall fundraising efforts, operating hours were not reduced and the clinic operated full blast through the end of the fiscal year, Crabtree said.

“The community rallied and helped us through the winter and spring,” he said. “Both Henry County and the city of Martinsville have committed funds for the 2014 fiscal year, so we completed the year in an acceptable financial condition.”

But the financial challenges continue, he said.

“We will need another successful fundraising year to keep the clinic operating full time through July 2015,” added Crabtree.

“Since only 52 percent of our expenses are covered by fees and reimbursements, the clinic must have support from foundations, businesses and individuals,” he said. “For every dollar donated to the foundation, $4.08 of dental care is provided to those in need. Our expenses are low, and the clinic is an efficient operation.”

Currently, the clinic has a wait time of two years before patients can receive comprehensive dental services. Dentists treat emergency patients as soon as possible.

“The demand continues to increase, so we must depend on the generosity of the community,” added Dr. Edward Snyder, vice president of the foundation.

Dr. Risa Odum is leaving the clinic, and will be succeeded by Dr. Thomas Draper in August.

The foundation is publishing a report to the community, outlining the achievements and challenges of the year. It will be distributed to donors and posted on when completed.


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