This summer, International Community Health Services (ICHS) will add four dental chairs at its International District (ID) site to meet the growing demand for affordable dental services in the neighborhood.
“We have always seen a steady flow of patients at the ID Dental Clinic, but we’ve had many more patients come through in the last few months due to the reinstatement of preventive dental coverage for adults on Medicaid,” says ICHS Dental Director Ji Choi. “By adding four more operatories, we will be able to see more patients and hopefully, reduce the wait time for those seeking care.”
With the addition of the four new dental chairs, the ID Dental Clinic will grow to a total of 12 operatories. Last year, ICHS increased its capacity to see more patients at its Holly Park Clinic as well by adding two dental operatories. (The site now has a total of eight chairs.) In recent months, ICHS also launched a Mobile Dental Clinic that provides on-site services at 10 Seattle-area schools and opened a new clinic in Bellevue which houses eight dental operatories. By the end of August 2014, construction for the new ICHS Shoreline Medical & Dental Clinic will be complete, and the brand-new facility is slated to have 10 dental operatories.
“Having access to regular and preventive dental care is such an important part of your overall health,” continues Choi. “Many of the patients who come to our clinic have no other options for affordable services. That’s why ICHS is grateful to our funders and partners who support us in fulfilling our mission to provide care to those who need it most.”