The Neighborhood Health Clinic is pleased to announce that Collier’s Reserve Country Club (Collier’s Reserve) raised more than $128,000 to help fund a dental operatory in their new dental building.
“The outpouring of support highlights the fact that when our community understands the role poor dental health plays in chronic illness, including heart disease and diabetes, they enthusiastically support our efforts to expand our dental services by funding a dental operatory in our new facility,” explains Chief Development Officer Keith Maples.
The Collier’s Reserve event was held on Thursday, February 2, and featured Art With a Heart, original works of art donated by Collier’s Reserve artists and auctioned to members; as well as Twilight Yoga, organized by members to raise awareness about the Clinic and the expanding dental program.
Chaired by Dr. Elisabeth Post Teller and organized by the Community Services Committee, part of the community’s Women’s Club, 170 guests attended the event while more than 250 community members and friends contributed to the day’s success.
Research shows that beyond affecting self-image, poor dental health contributes to chronic disease and hinders medical treatment. Infected teeth and gums spread bacteria into the blood stream and throughout the body, leading to life-threatening infections and negatively impacting the body’s ability to manage blood glucose levels. The Neighborhood Health Clinic’s new dental building which will house five dental operatories will help meet the need for expanded dental services within the organization’s comprehensive umbrella of services.
Currently, the Clinic sees more than 200 patients a week, providing medical and dental care to low income, working, uninsured men and women in Collier County annually. Last year alone, the Clinic had more than 9,500 patient visits.
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