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10/10/2017

HSHS St. John’s Hospital and Central Counties Health Centers Emergency Dental Clinic Now Open Four Days a Week


HSHS St. John’s Hospital and the Central Counties Health Centers (CCHC) now provide emergency dental services to patients four days a week. The CCHC/HSHS St. John’s Dental Clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The hours have been expanded from two days a week when the emergency dental clinic was established last year. “Access to dental care continues to be one of the top health care needs in the Springfield community,” said Dr. Charles Lucore, president and CEO of St. John’s Hospital. “We are grateful that we can expand these services. Our longstanding partnership with CCHC continues to help us better serve our patients and the region.”

The clinic is staffed by a dentist and dental assistant offering services including exams, fillings and extractions for patients of all ages. It’s located on the 9th floor of the hospital and accessible through a referral from St. John’s emergency department.

“Our existing relationship with St. John’s Hospital allows us to provide care for patients who need dental services, but have transportation barriers. We knew we needed to do more, and that’s why we’re expanding,” said Heather Burton, president and CEO at CCHC.

Since opening in October 2016, the clinic has had over 700 visits and approximately 500 patients. They have performed 477 extractions and 82 surgical extractions.

“Having the dental clinic on-site has made a huge difference for many patients,” said Amy Jones, executive director of emergency services at St. John’s. “Too often we see patients with serious dental pain, and we can only treat the symptoms. We needed a more permanent solution to help our patients, and the on-site dental clinic offers that.”

“Emergency room treatment is not usually appropriate for those with dental pain, but many people have nowhere else to turn,” said Dr. Mary-Margaret Looker, CCHC dental director. “Those seeking dental care in the emergency room generally do not follow-up with a dentist because they don’t have insurance, they are on Medicaid and do not know where to go, or they just don’t have a dental provider, therefore ending up back in the ER a few weeks later with the same exact problem.”

A federal oral health service expansion grant is funding this program. Additional treatment options will be available at CCHC’s main location on Cook Street with transportation resources provided if the need arises. Please call 217-788-2300 for more information.

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About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Institute, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
 
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 14 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.  


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