In celebration of a $100,000 challenge grant that helped St. Joseph Health sustain and expand mobile dental care in Sonoma Valley and other areas in Sonoma County, representatives of St. Joseph Health, Wednesday, hosted a gathering at Burbank Housing’s Springs Village apartments to thank representatives of the Hazel and Roland Todd Trust for helping to fund St. Joseph’s new, upgraded mobile dental clinic.
“Thanks to the Todd Trust and the Community Foundation Sonoma County, we were able to leverage this $100,000 seed grant to raise more than $450,000 for a new dental van,” said Tony Ghisla, chairman of the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Foundation board, which is part of St. Joseph Health and which led the fundraising effort.
In addition to the Todd Trust’s $100,000 challenge grant, administered by the Community Foundation Sonoma County, other donors contributed a collective $370,982 to give St. Joseph Health the funds to replace a 10-year-old mobile dental clinic which, for the previous decade, had served low-income dental patients in Sonoma Valley, Petaluma, Windsor and other local communities. The donation is in keeping with the Todds’ commitment to support health and human services for the sick, needy and elderly of Sonoma County and Sonoma Valley.
In 2013, St. Joseph’s new high-tech, kid-friendly mobile dental clinic began making its weekly rounds through Sonoma Valley and other communities, outfitted with the latest oral health care technology and creature comforts for pediatric and adult patients.
Through this mobile dental outreach, St. Joseph Health sees 6,765 patient visits annually, traveling to sites throughout Sonoma County to help expand access to much-needed oral health care. Going to meet patients in need where they live is a key component of dental care services that St. Joseph has provided for 23 years – based out of its original, stationary dental clinic in southwest Santa Rosa. Approximately 12,800 dental patients, ranging in age from infancy to 16 years old, are treated by St. Joseph Health every year.