The WSDA would like to again thank all of the dental professionals who volunteered their time and expertise at the Seattle/King County
Clinic last month. Updated numbers are now available from the clinic, which ran from October 22-24, 2015.
• More than 1,019 dental volunteers from around the state worked to provide care to the underserved in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
• 2,130 patients received urgent dental care over the course of the four days, totalling more than $1.7 million in uncompensated cared delivered to those most in need.
WSDA member and event Co-Chair Dr. Elissa Johnson had the following to say about the clinic.
“It was an inspiration to see such a large group of people dedicated to improving the health of our community. I was struck by the generosity, compassion and gratitude I saw. It made me proud of our profession. A big thank you to all involved - it was a special thing to be a part of, and a very special thank you to Jeff Parrish and Mike Karr. Organizationally this was a huge effort, and I am convinced that this event would not have been such a success without their leadership.”
Co-Chair Dr. Brittany Dean, also a WSDA member, agreed.
“As Elissa mentioned, Mike Karr and Jeff Parrish were wonderful to work with. They have a true skill in mentoring and allowed me to feel both challenged and supported in this role," Dean said. “This is an event that I fell in love with last year, so I was excited to be asked to help lead it this year. It was thrilling to see the energy of dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and students come together so that they could offer care to those in need. We operate as solo practitioners or partners in our offices a lot, so teaming together for a common goal is not only beneficial for the patients that we treated, but also for our Washington state dental community.
Being on the organizational side this year made it even more clear how many moving parts are at play. Our industry partners and Seattle Center are vital for the success of the event as well. I was both proud and humbled to be a part of this year’s leadership.”
Those who visited the clinic could receive dental care, as well as medical attention, vision and hearing exams, and more.