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Delta Dental Plan of Maine Provides Pivotal Support to Ensure Dental Care for Adults and Children in Central Maine

Monday, October 29, 2018

 

Waterville, ME  (August 7, 2018)—Waterville Community Dental Center (WCDC) is pleased to acknowledge a lead grant of $250,000 from Delta Dental Plan of Maine in support of the capital campaign to construct a new dental center.  As a result of redevelopment in downtown Waterville, the Waterville Community Dental Center must relocate from its home of 18 years by the end of 2018. A prompt relocation is essential for the continuation of access to dental services for Waterville Community Dental Center’s patients in the community who have come to rely on them.

“There is no doubt that a significant need exists for dental services for patients who are uninsured or underinsured in the Waterville community.  Oral health is an important component of overall health and Delta Dental Plan of Maine is pleased to support this construction and relocation effort to ensure that patients of Waterville Community Dental Center receive uninterrupted oral health care,” said Chair of the Delta Dental Plan of Maine Professional Relations Committee, Dr. Jeffrey Doss.

“Purchasing and renovating a new space is a significant undertaking,” explains Barbara Covey, President of the Board, “but with the philanthropic support of Delta Dental Plan of Maine and others, we will be successful.”  “Maintaining access to our safety net of dental services that may otherwise be unavailable or unaffordable to members of the central Maine community is critical,” she adds.

The relocation of WCDC will allow the organization to not only maintain critical access to dental care, but also provide expanded space to see additional patients, enhance community public health outreach and provide space for the education of dental students and training for recruiting dentists in Maine. For more information, visit communitydentalnewcenter.org

About Delta Dental Plan of Maine

Delta Dental Plan of Maine is one of three Delta Dental Plans doing business jointly as Northeast Delta Dental. Northeast Delta Dental administers dental benefits in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, offering dental insurance programs for organizations of all sizes, and individuals and families with no access to employer-sponsored dental benefits. Learn more at www.nedelta.com.

About Waterville Community Dental Center

WCDC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve access to quality oral health care services targeted toward low income, uninsured, underinsured and Medicaid-eligible populations throughout central Maine. 75% of patients are children in need of a stable dental home.

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