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Trinity Free Clinic opens new facilities
The Trinity Free Clinic recently opened the doors of its new facilities in Carmel, Ind. Equipped with six operatories, the clinic is capable of seeing more patients and offering a broader spectrum of dental treatments.
Trinity Free Clinic, a faith-based nonprofit organization serving uninsured and underinsured in Hamilton County, saw more than 1,500 patients in 2010. Struggling to keep up with demand for treatment, the clinic sought funding from the Indiana Foundation for Dental Health (IFDH) and other beneficiaries. IFDH granted $7,000 to cover more than half the costs for one operatory in the new clinic. The Indianapolis District Dental Society contributed $5,000 toward an operatory.
Dr. Michael T. Smith, dental director of the clinic and past IDA president, played an instrumental role in advancing the project and securing funding for the new facility. Maggie Charnoski, Executive Director of the Trinity Free Clinic, said the project would not have been completed without Dr. Smith’s support.
“We have said, more than once, that this is the clinic Dr. Smith helped build,” Charnoski said. “This massive project would never have been completed without his leadership.”
Since 2000, the Trinity Free Clinic has served more than 10,000 patients. In 2009, there were over 3,500 patient visits. More than 500 volunteer dental professionals from across the state provide all dental services for patients seen at the clinic.
To learn more about the clinic, visit TrinityFreeClinic.org.
Will Sears, Director of Communications
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