Children’s Dental Services Clinic Expansion Dedication
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May 15th, 2014

Children’s Dental Services Clinic Expansion Dedication

Public Event To Take Place on Thursday, May 15, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (May 13, 2014) – Children’s Dental Services, through the support of Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, announces the new Children’s Dental Services clinic expansion, in dedication to Dr. John McKay Williams.

Children’s Dental Services (CDS) is committed to providing oral health outreach, education, preventive and restorative treatment to children and pregnant women. CDS serves all children, from birth to age 21, regardless of family income or background.

The clinic will be dedicated in honor of Dr. John McKay Williams, a long time oral health advocate and a well-respected member of the community. Dr. Williams owned a dental practice in North Minneapolis where he focused his practice on serving African American families. Dr. Williams unexpectedly passed away in 2012. Since his death, and at the personal request of his widow, Dr. Williams’ practice has been sending patients to CDS, in an effort to maintain the same community connection that he so passionately established. Unfortunately, CDS was unable to accommodate the increased number of patients at its headquarters location.

CDS has since successfully raised funds through its capital campaign to purchase a new building space to expand its service capacity and accommodate its growing patient base. Additionally, a generous $200,000 gift from the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation allowed CDS to complete the expansion, which will provide critically needed dental services and continuity of care to over 2,000 low-income children and pregnant women.

The clinic dedication will take place on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 3:00-6:00pm at the Children’s Dental Services office at 728 E. Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public. Minnesota Commissioner of Health, Dr. Edward Ehlinger will be present.

About Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation

The Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation is designed to support Delta Dental of Minnesota's mission of improving the oral health of the people in Minnesota and advancing the science and art of oral health in Minnesota. The Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation supports initiatives that promote oral health education and, in turn, improve the overall health and vitality of our community.

About Children’s Dental Services

Since 1919, Children's Dental Services (CDS) is dedicated to improving the oral health of children from families with low incomes by providing accessible treatment and education to our diverse community. CDS provides a full range of dental services to children from birth until age twenty-one and to pregnant women. CDS is particularly well equipped to serve bilingual or multilingual families from culturally diverse backgrounds, as demonstrated by its exceptionally diverse staff that speak at least 15 different languages. In 2012, CDS performed over 88,000 procedures on 30,000+ patients over the course of 63,000+ visits.