Amaus Health Services, an outreach mission of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, has been offering free dental care to the homeless, unemployed and uninsured people of Central New York for nearly 3 years now.
The dental operation is located in one room of the Curley Building in downtown Syracuse. Since its inception, the clinic has treated 450 patients and provided over $75,000 worth of dental care. The services are provided free of charge by an all volunteer staff. The scope of care includes examinations, x-rays, hygiene, fillings and routine extractions.
Amaus is currently involved in a fundraising campaign to support an expansion from the current single room operation to a three treatment room suite. This suite will also include a waiting room, reception area, digital panoramic x-ray, a sterilization center and consulting area. This will enable us to support more volunteer dentists and hygienists, as well as dental residents who will all combine to hopefully triple our hours of operation as well as the amount of care that we can provide.
We have a fundraising target of $187,500 and are rapidly approaching that target.
This is due to support from local dentists, local and national foundations and generous individuals. The largest unfunded need that remains is for hardware and software to support electronic dental records and digital x-rays.
Many dental professionals have expressed an interest in volunteering if a suitable site was available. We have adopted the “build it and they will come” approach espoused in “A Field of Dreams.” We hope to start our renovation project in the next few months and complete it before the end of 2016. The Affordable Care Act helps patients have access to medical care and a “medical home.” It does not address dental problems. There are many people who have no access to dental care. The Amaus Dental clinic will not provide the breadth of dental services that a personal dentist can provide. It will however provide an alternative for those who at a moment in time have no other options.
Your support, either financially or in a volunteer role would be greatly appreciated.
For more information, you can contact Kathleen Komar at the Amaus Dental Clinic, 315-802- 6741.