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$24 million, 79,000-square-foot clinic will serve St. Louis residents in need while training dental students for careers in community healthcare

Opening MOSDOH Clinic STL-27ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Clinic will open its doors for the first time today at 1500 Park Avenue near Lafayette Square. A pioneering collaboration between ATSU and Affinia Healthcare (formerly, Grace Hill Health Centers), the $24 million, 79,000-square-foot facility is expected to provide oral healthcare for thousands of underserved St. Louis-area residents while training third- and fourth-year students of ATSU’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) for careers in community dentistry and public health. The first ATSU-MOSDOH class, comprising 42 students, will begin working with patients under faculty supervision in early July. Affinia Healthcare, a community health center organization, will operate the 92-chair dental clinic.

Cannon Design and Musick Construction, both of St. Louis, were integral to the architecture and construction of the new facility. Musick Construction was chosen because of their success in meeting diversity requirements specified by city ordinance and the mayor’s Executive Order #46. The order mandates diversity in redevelopment projects supported with Tax Increment Financing.

Said ATSU President Craig M. Phelps, DO, “The St. Louis community has been wonderful to work with during the planning, permitting, and construction process. ATSU looks forward to serving alongside Affinia Healthcare and others in providing greater access to oral healthcare for all.”

Opening MOSDOH Clinic STL-21The St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Clinic will be the primary clinical education site for students at ATSU-MOSDOH, which was founded in 2013 to address the disparities in oral healthcare in Missouri and across the nation. Following two years of classroom learning at the University’s Kirksville, Missouri campus, students will move to St. Louis to complete their final two years at the new dental clinic and work directly with patients under the supervision of ATSU faculty members. Students will give back as they learn; their ability to provide basic oral care will enable the clinic to serve thousands of patients each year.

This innovative model of oral health education offers students a first-hand view of, and experience in, community healthcare. The approach reflects ATSU-MOSDOH’s mission to train community-minded dentists who will help fill the gap in oral health practitioners working in underserved, rural, and urban communities. That mission is also reflected in ATSU-MOSDOH’s requirement that students earn not only a doctor of dental medicine degree, but a certificate in public health as well.

Alan O. Freeman, FACHE, president and CEO of Affinia Healthcare, said, “We are privileged to partner with ATSU in this groundbreaking endeavor. It is incredibly rewarding to be a part of the solution for the future of oral health access in Missouri and across the region.”

Opening MOSDOH Clinic STL-51The clinic will be staffed by healthcare professionals who will provide the full spectrum of oral health services. These include preventive care (checkups, cleanings), periodontics (the treatment of dental diseases), endodontics (root canal), prosthodontics (crowns, implants, bridges, and dentures), radiography (dental X-rays), oral surgery (extractions and other complicated surgical procedures), and the repair of dentures and implants. The clinic will also offer some orthodontic care.

In addition to providing basic and advanced dental care to adults, children, and the elderly, the clinic will offer specialty care dentistry and access to special needs communities. Experts in this critical specialty treat patients with complex oral health conditions or medically complex illnesses like cancer, cardiac disease, hemophilia, and kidney disease; patients who are on dialysis or who are diabetic; and patients with physical or developmental challenges such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia.

“By working directly with the full spectrum of dental professionals to care for patients in need, ATSU students will receive an education in community-based dentistry. Upon graduation, they will be uniquely equipped to become public health leaders dedicated to improving life for patients in need,” said Christopher Halliday, DDS, MPH, dean of ATSU-MOSDOH.

To make an appointment or for more information regarding payment options, please call 314.833.2700.

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10683424_10152393752171481_877619569402622355_oCraig M. Phelps, DO, ’84, president of A.T. Still University (ATSU), and Ron Yee, MD, MBA, chief medical officer of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), announced a groundbreaking, joint research partnership on Nov. 11, 2014. The innovative partnership between ATSU and NACHC will help create and advance interprofessional scholarly activity within Bureau of Primary Health Care supported community health centers, and it will help improve the health status of patients and communities across the nation.

“ATSU is looking forward to collaborating with NACHC on this important initiative focused on improving the health of our nation,” said Dr. Phelps. “Research projects inclusive of basic scientists, clinicians from multiple professions, and ATSU students will seek opportunities to provide timely outcomes for expeditious application.”

In an effort to advance scholarly activity opportunities, ATSU and NACHC will focus on:

  • developing, implementing, and assessing evidence-based medicine guidelines.
  • diagnosing, preventing, and treating diabetes, obesity, skin cancer, metabolic syndrome, traumatic brain injury/concussions, spine pain, and HIV/AIDS.
  • evaluating oral health disease prevention and treatment programs.
  • measuring and encouraging physical activity and its impact on health and wellness.
  • designing, organizing, and evaluating population management teams and patient navigator models.

“Focusing on scholarly activities that are academic, yet practical, helps deepen the relationship and experience of students,” said Dr. Yee.

10293553_10152393751406481_1181485596283901043_oNACHC represents the nation’s safety-net of community health centers. Community health centers receive base funding from the Public Health Service, Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Bureau of Primary Health Care to improve the health status of underserved communities, provide access to health services, and offset some costs of caring for the uninsured.

NACHC and ATSU seek to foster community health scholarship to strengthen this safety-net, and ultimately improve the health status of these communities.

“NACHC’s partnership with ATSU over the years has yielded some of the most well-prepared and dedicated health care professionals, especially in service to vulnerable populations and communities,” said Tom Van Coverden, president and CEO of NACHC. “NACHC fully supports this important work as it will benefit many of our medically underserved communities and further advance quality patient care in community health centers.”

NACHC and the national safety-net of Community Health Centers also support ATSU in many ways, including access to clinical rotations; introductions to potential funding partners; residency development; data gathering; student scholarship opportunities; and national exposure of ATSU’s schools, programs, faculty, and staff.

 

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Members of the stage party turn the dirt for at the clinic site.

Members of the stage party turn the dirt at the clinic site.

ST. LOUIS – A groundbreaking ceremony for A.T. Still University-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health’s (ATSU-MOSDOH) new St. Louis, Missouri, dental education and oral health clinic was held on Friday, April 25, 2014. The new 79,000-square-foot building will be located at the intersection of Truman Parkway and Park Avenue, a short distance east of La Fayette Square.

“Not only will this school provide an incredible opportunity for students to get hands-on, real world experience in a clinic setting, but it will also provide oral health services that are in critical need in this community,” said Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

Remarks were also made by several St. Louis dignitaries, including Mayor Francis Slay, as well as ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84, and Christopher Halliday, DDS, MPH, ATSU-MOSDOH dean. Grace Hill Health Centers Inc., represented on stage by Alan Freeman, president and CEO, will manage the clinic in partnership with ATSU.

“On these grounds you will see individuals, families, and communities being taken care of,” said Dr. Phelps.  “When we see young men and women from these neighborhoods fulfilling their dream to become a healthcare professional, working in this clinic, and returning to this community to provide healthcare to the people of St. Louis and Missouri, we will have reached our ultimate goal.”

The groundbreaking concluded with a ceremonial turning of the soil by the stage party, ATSU’s Board of Trustees, and the 42 members of ATSU-MOSDOH’s inaugural class of 2017.

Musick Construction and Cannon Design, both of St. Louis, will serve as  the general contractor and architect for the project, respectively.  For more information on the new clinic, visit www.atsu.edu/mosdoh.

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) has contracted Musick Construction as its partner for building the University’s new St. Louis dental education and oral health clinic for the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH). Musick Construction is a St. Louis-based general contractor with more than 100 years of experience in the construction industry as a family-owned business.

“ATSU is pleased to work with Musick Construction on this important project. Improving lives of Missourians through increased access to oral healthcare and education are goals important to ATSU, Grace Hill Health Centers, and Musick Construction,” said ATSU President Craig M. Phelps, DO, ’84.

The new 79,000-square-foot building, designed by Cannon Design, will be located at the intersection of Truman Parkway and Park Avenue, a short distance east of La Fayette Square. The new facility is part of the City Hospital redevelopment effort.

“Musick Construction is honored to participate in the development of ATSU’s dental clinic in St. Louis.  We are certain ATSU-MOSDOH will be one of the nation’s preeminent dental schools and an asset to the St. Louis community, as well as the state of Missouri and the entire Midwest region at large,” said Don C. Musick, III, CEO, Musick Construction Co.

After spending two years on the Kirksville, Mo., campus, ATSU-MOSDOH students will relocate to St. Louis for third-year and fourth-year clinical experiences at the newly constructed clinic operated in partnership with Grace Hill Health Centers Inc. (GHHC). Under faculty supervision, students will deliver care to a full spectrum of patients including children, adults, geriatric patients, the disabled, the homeless, and the uninsured. Students will see approximately 9,400 active patients annually resulting in more than 39,200 annual encounters.

ATSU-MOSDOH and GHHC will employ approximately 95 professionals at the clinic who will provide needed oral health services and instruct dental students. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place Friday, April 25, 2014.

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MESA, Ariz. – A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) announced today that their clinics will accept most medical and dental insurance carriers effective Monday, July 8.

ATSU-ASDOH features four public clinics, which offer a variety of comprehensive dental services to patients at a lower cost. Three of its clinics are located on the University’s Mesa campus and its other, Dental Care West, in Glendale.

“We are happy to announce that patients seeking general or advanced care dentistry services may now have the option to apply their medical or dental insurance,” said ATSU-ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH. “This capability will afford patients easy access to our four celebrated clinics.”

Under the supervision of renowned dental professionals, services provided at each of the University’s clinics are rendered by ATSU-ASDOH student doctors. Patients with complex cases may be seen by residents of ATSU-ASDOH’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry program. These residents have already graduated from dental school and have returned for advanced training.

ATSU-ASDOH’s most recent development is its nearly 22,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art oral healthcare center, which is slated to open Monday, July 8.

The Center for Advanced Oral Health is located on the Mesa campus location and will offer multiple dental specialty services to patients through either of the two clinics that comprise it – Advanced Care Clinic and Orthodontic Clinic.

The Advanced Care Clinic will provide comprehensive care for individuals with complicated oral health needs or medically complex conditions including, but not limited to: cancer, cardiac disease, renal disease, bleeding disorders, physical disabilities and developmental disabilities. It will also feature a bariatric suite specially-designed for patients over 350 pounds. The Orthodontic Clinic, a pre-existing ATSU-ASDOH clinic, provides comprehensive orthodontic services for adolescents and adults.

For information on services offered or to schedule an appointment, please call 480.248.8100. For Dental Care West in Glendale, please call 623.251.4700.

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