St. Francis Mission Dental has had a busy summer! In June, we hosted thirteen University of South Dakota dental hygiene students. They provided 231 preventive services of exams, sealants, cleanings and periodontal services, totaling $18,607 in production. The USD students also went to Rosebud Child Care providing dental education to staff, and RST Treatment Center giving a presentation on oral health to clients, then back to RST Day Care to have some fun with the children showing dental videos and talking about brushing and snacking.
The last week in June, we hosted University of Indiana dental students. This is their sixth rotation at SFMD, coming in the Spring and Summer since 2016. They provided a total of $40,650 in services generated in a four and a half day week. Services included nine root canals, 56 fillings, 61 extractions, four dentures and sixteen temporary flippers.
In June, 2018, SFMD was highlighted in the national publication of the American Dental Association (ADA) newsletter as its front page article. Since this publication, we have had fifteen different out-of-state dentists contact us to set up future volunteer dates. Many of these individuals are specialists in their fields of oral surgery, pediatric dentistry and fabrication of crowns, bridges and dentures. We are excited about all the upcoming clinic dates in 2019.
One provider, Dr. Jay Morgenstern from Nevada, saw the ADA article in June and volunteered July 5-10, providing $22,267 in services: 50 exams, 89 fillings, eight root canals, and six extractions. He is planning his next trip back in 2019 and this time will bring some of his colleagues.
In July, we hosted Creighton dental students again and also the Delta Dental Mobile Program. Delta provided dental services to 46 children, including 131 cleanings and sealants, and 126 fillings, totaling $28,002.
The weekend of August 10-12 was our first time hosting Remote Area Medical (RAM) at the St. Francis Mission Campus. RAM provided dental services to 122 individual patients and eyeglasses to 197 people, totaling $85,439 in free services. There were over 50 volunteers of many disciplines providing assistance and support to this event.
The RAM Mobile unit pulled into St. Francis on Thursday at noon and began the massive undertaking of setting up for this event. The set-up process took the entire rest of the day. Our Icimani Building was set up as dental and vision, our dental clinic was used for all types of patient registration, and RAM’s semi truck 18-wheeler served as a vision lab with eyeglass fabrication on site.
That Thursday evening, we hosted a welcoming event at St Charles Borromeo Church. Pat Bad Hand and Red Leaf singers were invited for the welcoming and to honor St. Francis Mission employees John Swift, Caroline DeCory, and Miranda McDaniel, who all work tirelessly for the Mission.
A traditional meal of soup, wojapi and fry bread was served with Pat and the Red Leaf singers providing the opportunity for our volunteers to hear and learn of the culture, and also to do some round dancing. After that event, the volunteers enjoyed archery lessons from Mike One Star.
We plan on hosting this group next year in August, the weekend before Rosebud Fair. We are hoping to expand the services that we will be able to provide to include vision exams and medical services in addition to the dental and glasses.
Please check our website www.sfmdental.org for upcoming scheduled events. For all inquiries, please call the dental clinic at (605) 747-2142, and ask for Marty or Miranda.