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- 2,000 patient visits
- $1 million in care
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2014 WDA Mission of Mercy
KI Center, Green Bay, Wisconsin
- 1,925 patient visits (1,753 unique patients)
- $1,322,176.90 value of care provided
- $754.24 per patient average ($686.85 per visit)
8,136 procedures (+400 medications distributed onsite) including but not limited to:
480 fluoride varnish
149 full and partial dentures
43 root canals and therapeutic pulpotomies
17 alveoplasty (surgical procedure used to smooth out the jawbone)
- WDA Mission of Mercy delivers $1.3 million in free dental care to 1,753 patients WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 30, 2014 – More than $1.3 million in charitable dental care was provided to 1,753 children and adults during 1,925 patient visits at the sixth Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy held June 27 and 28 at the KI Center in Green Bay. Patients included 31 Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes.
- 2,000 patients to receive $1 million in free dental care June 27 and 28 in Green Bay WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 23, 2014 – Media Alert: 2,000 patients to receive $1 million in free dental care June 27 and 28 in Green Bay. 2014 marks the sixth year for this charitable care event in Wisconsin.
- More than 1,200 volunteers from 206 communities to provide free dental care WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 16, 2014 – More than 1,200 volunteers from 206 Wisconsin communities will be in Green Bay on June 27 – 28 to provide $1 million in free dental care to an estimated 2,000 children and adults during the sixth Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy.
- Special Olympics athletes to receive free dental care at WDA Mission of Mercy WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 9, 2014 – The Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation are teaming up for the fourth year in a row with Special Olympics Wisconsin to identify 50 athletes who will receive needed oral health care at the sixth Mission of Mercy being held June 27 and 28 in Green Bay.
- WDA Mission of Mercy bringing free dental care to Green Bay WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 3, 2014 – The Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation will bring the sixth WDA Mission of Mercy to Green Bay on June 27 and 28 to provide free dental care to children and adults who have limited financial resources or are otherwise unable to visit a dental office.
U.S. Surgeon General recognizes oral health as an integral part of a person’s total health, with the dentist being the primary oral health care provider.
Goals of the Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy:
- Provide free, critical dental care with a high priority on treating patients in pain and with infections.
- Raise public awareness of the barriers to dental care faced by low-income adults and children.
- Challenge patients, policymakers and dental professionals to work together to make viable and bipartisan “Healthy Choices” that will improve Wisconsin residents’ oral health.
The sixth WDA Mission of Mercy will be held June 27 – 28, 2014 at the KI Center, 333 Main St. in Green Bay. Setup is June 26 and teardown is June 28.
- An estimated $1 million in charitable care and personal oral hygiene education provided during 2,000 patient visits.
- Care offered includes cleanings, fillings, extractions and partial dentures.
- Education is the most cost-effective way to reduce oral disease. This year, all MOM patients will be required to visit an enhanced education area to learn about the importance of good daily oral hygiene practices, healthy diet and routine preventive dental care.
- Doors open at 5:30 a.m. There are no appointments. Patients are treated on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is encouraged with the day’s patient quota often filled by 10 a.m.
- Adults and children of all ages with limited financial resources or otherwise unable to visit a dental office and who do not have a medically-compromising condition that prohibits safely receiving care are welcome.
- Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Photo identification, Social Security number or other personal ID/documentation NOT required.
- More than 1,000 volunteer dentists, dental hygienists and assistants, lab technicians, Marquette University School of Dentistry students and residents from across Wisconsin will help.
- More than 11,300 patients have received in excess of $5.8 million in care at WDA MOM events since 2009.
While we are unable to provide care at MOM to patients with medically compromising conditions (e.g., extremely high blood pressure, severe disabilities), arrangements have been made to treat 50 pre-screened Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes.
Tax deductible financial donations and in-kind contributions may be made through the WDA Foundation to help cover $183,000 in costs for dental equipment and facility rental, supplies, pharmaceuticals and food at WDA MOM.
- For every $1 in financial and in-kind donations, MOM volunteers donate $6 – $8 in needed care.
- Major support in 2014 provided by Cornerstone Foundation, Delta Dental of Wisconsin Charitable Fund, Henry Schein and the Walmart Foundation, along with other organizations and individuals.
Dentists do serve their communities, but charity is not a sufficient health care system for meeting the needs of individuals with limited financial resources, including the 1 million (20 percent) Wisconsin residents who annually receive medical assistance.
- Of $7.1 billion state and federal governments spent on the Wisconsin Medicaid program in fiscal year 2011, less than 1 percent ($65.2 million) was spent on dentistry.
- State fee-for-service MA data shows $189.8 million in dental care was actually provided to enrollees. State and federal governments paid just $65.2 million (34 percent) for the care patients received with participating dentists donating the balance of $124.6 million in services. The dental community donates more in care than is paid for by the state and federal governments combined.
Ensuring residents have proper dental care is important to our state economically and socially.
Preventive care and early treatment of oral disease saves money, pain and time in the dental chair.
For each WDA Mission of Mercy event, funds are needed to help cover dental equipment and facility rental, supplies, pharmaceuticals and food costs. For every $1 received we are able to provide $6 – $8 in needed care.
Dr. Thomas (Tom) Raimann, 2014 WDA Mission of Mercy state chair
Dr. Tom Raimann has a private, general dental practice in Hales Corners, Wisconsin and works part-time at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic on Milwaukee’s south side.
Dr. Raimann is chair of the sixth WDA Mission of Mercy being held this June 27 – 28 at the KI Center in Green Bay.
As vice chair of the MOM State Committee in 2011 and 2012, he headed up clinic operations at the Madison and Wausau events, before becoming chair of last year’s Mission of Mercy staged in Walworth County.
Dr. Raimann has represented the Greater Milwaukee Region on the WDA Board of Trustees since 2007 and is a member of that organization’s Finance Committee. He is a past-president of the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association.
His charitable dental care efforts include multiple years as chair of the area’s Head Start Dental Day and Give Kids A Smile® volunteer. In 2006, Dr. Raimann received the WDA Pyramid of Pride Community Outreach Award. He recently was honored by Marquette University School of Dentistry with its 2014 Outstanding Dental Service Award.
A graduate of MUSOD, Dr. Raimann is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.
Dr. Allison Dowd, 2014 WDA Mission of Mercy co-vice chair
Dr. Allison Dowd is a resident of Middleton, Wisconsin and pediatric dentist with Children’s Dental Center of Madison working in the group’s Fitchburg, Wisconsin office. This multiple-dentist group practice sees a significant number of children enrolled in Wisconsin’s dental Medicaid and BadgerCare programs.
Dr. Dowd is co-vice chair of the sixth WDA Mission of Mercy being held this June 27 – 28 at the KI Center in Green Bay.
She chaired the Local MOM Committee in 2012 when the event was held in Madison and was vice chair of the 2013 MOM in Lake Geneva, Walworth County. Prior to that, Dr. Dowd headed up the pediatric dental section at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 WDA MOM events.
In addition to her private practice, Dr. Dowd is chief of Pediatric Dentistry at the Max Pohle Dental Clinic at Meriter Hospital where she is involved in the education of dental residents. She serves on Dean Medical Clinic’s cleft lip and palate team, is a clinical instructor at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and conducts a lecture series on dental treatment for children with special health care needs through the Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin.
A graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry, Dr. Dowd earned her certificate in pediatric dentistry from Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colo. She is an active member of the American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association and Greater Dane County Dental Society. Dr. Dowd also is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Wisconsin Society of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Lynn Lepak-McSorley, 2014 WDA Mission of Mercy co-vice chair
Dr. Lynn Lepak-McSorley is co-vice chair of the sixth WDA Mission of Mercy being held this June at the KI Center in Green Bay after volunteering at MOM events in 2010, 2011 and2013.
She is a resident of New Berlin, Wisconsin with a general dental practice in Milwaukee. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Lepak-McSorley has been a supervising dentist for the Milwaukee Area Technical College dental hygiene program since 2010.
She is the immediate past-president of the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association and has represented the Greater Milwaukee Region on the WDA Board of Trustees since November 2012.
Dr. Lepak-McSorley has chaired GMDA’s annual Give Kids A Smile® charitable care outreach since 2007. She has donated her dental services to children in the Milwaukee Public School Head Start program since 2009.
She earned a degree in biology from Marquette University before continuing on to earn her DDS degree from that institution’s school of dentistry. Dr. Lepak-McSorley was inducted into the American College of Dentists in 2012 and the Pierre Fauchard Academy in 2013.
Dr. Zachary Graf, 2014 WDA Mission of Mercy local chair
Dr. Zach Graf joined the Dental Arts team in Green Bay, Wisconsin as a general dentist in 2002. A resident of De Pere, Wisconsin, he is chair of this year’s WDA Mission of Mercy Local Committee.
Dr. Graf is a member of the American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association and serves as treasurer for the Brown Door Kewaunee Dental Society. He is also a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and International College of Dentists.
After completing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Graf obtained his dental degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee. Following graduation, he served three years in the U.S. Navy during which he completed a General Dentistry Residency program at Camp Pendleton, California.
In addition to MOM, Dr. Graf volunteers his time and dental skills to children and adults through a variety of local, state and international charitable care outreach efforts.
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The WDA was established in 1870. With more than 3,000 members statewide, the WDA represents some 80 percent of all licensed dentists and a growing number of dental hygienists in Wisconsin – all choosing to belong to organized dentistry. WDA members are committed to promoting professional excellence and quality oral health care.
As the philanthropic arm of the Wisconsin Dental Association, the WDA Foundation is committed to making a difference by improving the oral health of Wisconsin residents through its support of projects that provide dental care for the disadvantaged while meeting the current and future needs of the dental profession.
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