Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Comes to Union Street School in Springfield, VT
Posted on 5/1/2012
SPRINGFIELD, VT —Union Street School and Springfield Medical Care Systems (SMCS) collaborated in a successful venture to bring the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile to Union Street School in Springfield, VT. Responding to a shortage of needed dental care, this unique service will meet the underserved needs of children in the area who do not currently have a dental home.
The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a mobile dental office provided in cooperation with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington, VT and The Health Center in Plainfield, VT. The unit arrived on Sunday, April 15th, 2012, for its initial set-up and was fully operational by first thing Monday morning. The first day was packed with scheduled appointments, and inquiries and demand for services is growing as word of the service makes its way into the community. Services continued throughout Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with close to a full schedule of patients being greeted by the dental team for what was, in some cases, a first-time visit to the dentist.
Staffed by Lauren Price, DMD, Buffy Farrell, Dental Assistant, Ariel Maxfield, Dental Hygienist, and Nancy Ferno, Administrative Coordinator, the dental office is fully equipped with state-of-the art equipment and provides a full range of preventive and episodic dental services, including cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays, fillings, and extractions.
With prior approval of their parents, children are given scheduled appointments and are escorted by staff to and from the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. Parents are invited to attend the visit, however, their attendance is not required. All services require parental pre-approval and the staff communicates with parents about the visit and any care that is needed.
Ariel Maxfield, RDH, recalls some of the girls commenting, “We’re so excited and can’t wait for our turn to go to the van!” Another who needed some assistance with extraction of a tooth that was ‘wiggly loose’ beamed, “My Daddy said he wants me to visit the van because he wants what is best for me.”
Payment terms vary depending on individual circumstances. Commercial insurance and Dr. Dinosaur are accepted and financial assistance is available based on a sliding fee basis for those who may be uninsured or underinsured.
The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is scheduled to return on a regular basis as the need requires, and residents from SMCS area communities are invited to utilize the service. If you would like more information about the program, please contact Jenny Anderson, Union Street School Nurse, or the SMCS Community Health Team at 802-886-8998.
Springfield Medical Care Systems (SMCS), a not-for-profit, community-based health care system that includes nine community health centers. SMCS provides an integrated system of care that is patient-centered and emphasizes quality, access and affordability for all, with financial assistance available based on a sliding fee scale. Services include primary and preventative health care for people of all ages, pediatrics, diagnostic lab and radiology services, a broad array of acute hospital and specialty services, health screenings, mental health programs, dental care, and access to discounted pharmaceuticals. For more information about SMCS and its services, please visit www.springfieldmed.org. ###