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Salvation Army Committed to Saving Smiles; Collaborative Dental Clinic to Launch in Venango County

CARNEGIE, Pa., May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hundreds of Venango County school-aged children are in serious need of quality affordable dental care. Very soon, their critical needs will be met in their own backyard. Thanks to a collaborative effort between The Salvation Army; Bartley J. Morrow, DDS, Clinical Associate Professor-University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine; the Venango County State Health improvement Partnership (SHIP) - Focus On Our Future (FOOF) Collaborative Board and the Venango County Dental Health Task Force, the "Saving Smiles Dental Clinic" will soon become a reality. "We are very excited to be able to provide such a valuable service to the community," said Lieutenant Rodnee Williams, Oil City Salvation Commanding Officer. "If it weren't for this wonderful group of concerned and passionate citizens, this project would never get off the ground."

Dr. Bartley J. Morrow, private practitioner and clinical associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and member of the Venango County Dental Task Force, will provide clinical oversight for the establishment of the clinic. He will also serve as the liaison between the Task Force, The Salvation Army and the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. The Salvation Army is currently in negotiations with the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine to establish a contractual agreement for clinical services. Several local dental professionals have expressed an interest in volunteering services at the clinic.

The Clinic will be conveniently located near The Salvation Army's Oil City Worship and Service Center, adjacent to a public transportation bus line. State-of-the-art dental health care provided at the Clinic will include such services as emergency assistance for alleviating pain, disfigurement and infection, as well as basic and preventive oral health care. Additionally, the Dental Health Task Force will work with The Saving Smiles Dental Clinic to provide outreach and support in the areas of preventive education, data collection and assessment, and grant writing.

The creation of The Saving Smiles Dental Clinic has been greeted with overwhelming support by the community and a variety of funding sources. A one-year grant was provided by the March of Dimes, with other foundations and donors considering their support. The ultimate goal of the facility is to become self-sustaining. The Oil City Salvation Army will rely on the support of the State Health Improvement Partnership, the Dental Task Force; local dental professionals and volunteers to secure grants, personal donations, and legacy funds. As the program develops, there will be an opportunity to place earmarked funds from annuities and wills into investment reserves. The Salvation Army also anticipates a minimal amount of reimbursement through participation with Medical Assistance, Medicare, Blue Chip, Adult Basic. Sliding fee patients will also be received.

Both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 117 countries worldwide. The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log onto The Salvation Army...doing the most good for the most people in the most need.

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