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The SSM St. Joseph Senior Services Dental Health Clinic in St. Charles received a $5,000 Operation Round Up grant from
the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust to support their senior dental assistance program. “We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of senior citizens needing dental care,” said Lynn Kersting, SSM St. Joseph’s Network Team Leader of Senior and Community Services.
“Many of these individuals are experiencing financial hardships and the Operation Round Up grant will provide monetary assistance for their dental care,” added Kersting. The Cuivre River Electric Community Trust has supported the dental health clinic since 2001 with over $85,000 in Operation Round Up grants.
“The Operation Round Up grant provides financial assistance to senior citizens approved by the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust for dental treatment plans at our health clinic,” said Norman Freiberger, DDS, SSM St. Joseph Senior Dental Health Director. The dental health clinic provided more than 1,400 dental treatments to patients during 2012 and this number is projected to increase significantly during 2013.
Preventative and restorative dental care is provided to senior citizens at greatly reduced rates, and more than 8,000 low-income seniors who could not otherwise afford dental care have benefitted from the clinic’s services. “We could not continue serving those senior citizens who need us without the dedication of our volunteer dentists and community partners like Cuivre River Electric Cooperative,” said Freiberger.
The SSM St. Joseph Senior Services Dental Health Clinic was founded in 2001 to respond to the needs of low-income seniors in Lincoln, St. Charles and Warren counties. Today the clinic is comprised of five volunteer dentists: Drs. Norman Freiberger, Karl Hussey, Robert Schmidt, Ray Storm and Homer Tourkakasis, two dental hygienists and two dental assistants. “The dentists contribute their time and extraordinary talents to make a significant difference in the daily lives and health of so many senior citizens in our communities,” said Kersting.
The dental health clinic, located in the Senior Services area of the St. Joseph Health Center at 300 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles, is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more about the clinic visit www.ssmhealth.com or call 636.947.5037 to schedule an appointment.
Operation Round Up funds are administered by the seven-member volunteer Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board. These funds are available to help individuals, families and organizations within the Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC) service area. The goal of Operation Round Up is to help address needs in the areas of health, education, home weatherization, youth, community and emergency services that cannot be met with other resources. More than $3.8 million have been awarded to applicants since the Operation Round Up program began in 1997.
CREC provides electricity to more than 60,000 homes and businesses in Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties. For more information on Operation Round Up and Cuivre River Electric Cooperative visit www.cuivre.com or call 800-392-3709.