To the editor:
By Mark A. Crabtree, DDS
President, Piedmont Virginia Dental Health Foundation
Our hometown continues to amaze us.
Over the past 16 years, the Community Dental Clinic, operated by the Piedmont Virginia Dental Health Foundation, has provided more than $12.6 million in dental services to low-income and uninsured adults and children. The Clinic has nearly 57,000 patient visits since 2006.
We estimate that the Foundation has raised $4 million from our community to operate the Clinic. The Harvest Foundation is our financial partner, but you—the businesses, individuals and organizations–have provided the donations that have kept open the Clinic.
Times change. The Clinic cannot continue to grow in our physical space and in our current structure. So, we’re making a change.
On Oct. 31 we turned over the operation of the Clinic to the Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness, a not-for-profit organization which received its initial funding from The Harvest Foundation.