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copyright the Chronicle January 11, 2017

 

by Brad Usatch

 

ORLEANS — The Orleans Dental Center is up and running and accepting new patients.

Situated on Union Street behind the site of the now demolished Orleans Family Medicine building, the brand new facility began taking patients on January 3.

The Orleans Dental Center is now the third dental clinic owned and operated by Northern Counties Health Care (NCHC), which also has dental centers in Hardwick and Island Pond. Michelle Tetreault, director of dental operations at NCHC, said the project developed swiftly from an initial determination in 2015 that the area was “really lacking in dental care.”

The quick progress from an idea to an open door was the result of hard work and a few fortunate breaks. NCHC applied for a federal grant in January of 2016 with the knowledge that the grant money would not be enough to build, equip, and staff a new facility. At about the same time, North Country Hospital (NCH) completed a needs assessment that identified oral health care as an underserved area the hospital was mandated to help with, Ms. Tetreault said.

“We contacted North Country Hospital to let them know we had an opportunity to write a grant to help with this building, but that the grant would fall short,” she said. “They jumped on it.”

In the end, North Country came forward with a $100,000 donation that made the project possible.

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