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Call & Response: Fall 2021

Check out our latest newsletter!

Inside this issue!!!

  • New dental partnership with Marian Dental
  • New provider perspective – Brenda Hough and Dr. Jones
  • Patient Perspective: Fighting Chronic Conditions
  • Student Learners: New LCSW student
  • New Patient Care Coordinator at Saint Vincent
  • Saint Vincent Clinic Staff
  • Cancer Screenings – every screening could save a life.
ByMarian Dental Clinic

April 2019- Mission Update

Marian Dental Clinic participated in Emerald City Cosmos Diabetes Health Fair

The Marian Clinic participated in the first annual Emerald City Cosmos Diabetes Health Fair on April 13th. This event was a free community-wide event seeking to enhance strength through action, empowerment through education, and support through community for all who are impacted by diabetes. Krista and Tashaira represented the clinic at the event and offered the following oral health resources to 65 individuals who visited our booth.

  • Healthy snacks for diabetics that are also healthy for your teeth
  • Xylitol gum samples that won’t raise your blood glucose
  • Toothbrush kits encouraging brushing and flossing at least twice/daily avoid oral infection.
  • Three individuals won a free dental checkup and cleaning at our office
  • Reduce the risk of gum disease by visiting your dentist at least twice/year
  • Maintain healthy blood sugars to avoid infection following extractions
  • Work with your healthcare team to obtain an optimal A1C; which includes your primary care, endocrinologist, dietitian, and dentist.
  • Review of risk factors and symptoms of oral manifestations due to uncontrolled diabetes

Our dental team remains engaged and dedicated to providing the highest quality care. All team members participated in “diabetic glucometer” training provided by Barb Sollner, RN, MSN, BSN from Baker University School of Nursing. As a part of the clinic’s effort to provide holistic care, the dental team will now provide patient’s with complimentary glucose testing chair-side when our nursing volunteers are not readily available.

Glucometer and A1C assessment tools help the dentist determine the appropriate course of treatment. Hypo/Hyper glycemic individuals create an increased risk of a medical emergency while being treated in the clinic, increased risk for oral infections and gum disease, and reduced/slowed post-surgical healing. The Marian Dental team is very in-tune to diabetes and is well-equipped to accommodate treatment based on each individual’s needs.

In April, the clinic served 529 individuals with $149,019 in dental procedures and basic nursing services.


Nursing Services Provided at the Dental Clinic (January 1 – April 30, 2019)

  • 171 Nurse Visits 48 A1C NOW tests – chairside “5 minute result”
  • 51 Glucose tests – chairside
  • 17 Direct Referrals for Social Services
  • 5 Pre-Diabetic Intervention Referrals
  • 2 Uncontrolled Diabetic Referrals
  • 159 Dentist consults with Medical Providers
ByMarian Dental Clinic

March 2019- Mission Update

Marian Dental Clinic associates provided 558 dental screenings to children aged 5-18 at St Mary’s Public Schools, St Marys Kansas.

These dental screenings identify children with urgent dental needs, restorative dental needs, and preventive dental needs. Each child was given a free toothbrush and a report of each child’s oral health status for parents. The school nurse was provided child flossers and xylitol gum to share with students as needed. We are grateful that KDHE Bureau of Oral Health and Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth who have sponsored this outreach initiative. The Smiles4Kids Program and Smiles4Kids Fund makes it possible for our clinic to reach school age children and provide basic services such as dental screenings, preventive care, dental sealants, and fluoride varnish. The clinic is reaching out to area schools that do not currently have dental outreach services. A few rural Kansas schools have 20+% decay rates and desire a partnership with the Marian Dental Clinic. The ultimate goal for our dental outreach in schools is to decrease dental decay rates by increasing oral health prevention and access to dental care.

In March, the clinic served 954 individuals with $113,648 worth of dental services and basic nurse screenings.

KanCare Medicaid Expansion passed in the Kansas House of Representatives. Currently this legislation it is in the Senate Committee. Medicaid expansion will help more of our uninsured client’s access healthcare. Currently our clinic has numerous uninsured individuals who cannot afford dental care. This access to insurance will help patients receive needed dental care. Reimbursement from Medicaid for these services will help the clinic with overall sustainability.

In March we celebrated National Catholic Sisters Week with our wonderful blessings, Sister Mary Rosaleen Driscoll and Sister Maureen Kehoe.

Each day Sister Mary Rosaleen joins our dental team at the clinic to visit with patients, advocate for patients, and provide spiritual counseling and guidance to all. We are blessed beyond all measure to have a daily reminder of our catholic faith and clinic beginnings.