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Delta Dental Gives Grants For Two Spokane Dental Clinics

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Delta Dental of Washington says it will give grants to fund two new clinics to help low-income people in Spokane get the dental care they need. The clinics will be staffed, in part, by residents in a new dental residency program run by Providence Health Care.

Delta Dental says it is donating $1.6 million for the two clinics. Its foundation, known as Accora, will give another $400,000. That will match $2 million from the state.

One clinic will have six chairs and be located on the Sacred Heart campus. It will serve patients who need dental work before they can have other medical procedures done. The second clinic will be located somewhere near Providence Holy Family Hospital on the north side. It will be run by CHAS Health, dedicated to patients in the Medicaid program and have 20 chairs.

“There’s a huge unmet need for the Medicaid adult and Medicare senior populations," said Siobhan Danahey, a business development strategist for Providence Health Care. "And so we saw this as an opportunity for us to embrace the need and we decided to do that through the creation of a dental residency program.”

That program is for dental school graduates who want an additional year of general training before going on to practice.

Dates for opening the clinics and the residency program haven’t been finalized. The residency program is working through its accreditation process before it can accept applicants. Providence expects the new clinics to serve about 12,000 patients a year.