Clinic receives award for health practices

The Augusta Regional Dental Clinic announced today it has been honored with the Virginia Rural Health Association’s prestigious “Best Practices in Rural Health” award.

The award is given annually by the Virginia Rural Health Association to recognize a program or institution that exemplifies commitment and service to the advancement of rural health in Virginia. The ARDC will be recognized for this achievement during a luncheon on Dec. 9 at the VRHA Conference held at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center in Staunton.

“The Augusta Regional Dental Clinic is one of the few places low-income families in Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County can go for dental services,” said Margaret Hersh, Executive Director of the Augusta Regional Dental Clinic. “With our recent state-of-the-art facility expansion, we are able to serve more patients in a timelier manner. We are both humbled and thrilled to be recognized for this award.”

In the past year, ARDC treated 8,200 patients, providing nearly 30,000 procedures at a value of $2.5 million dollars. All of the Clinic’s patients are at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. ARDC accepts children and adults enrolled in the Medicaid programs Famis, Famis Plus, Optima and Virginia premier, as well as uninsured adults at significantly reduced fees. Opened in June 2010, ARDC’s new 5,000 square-foot dental

facility includes state-of-the-art equipment and eight treatment rooms. This expanded facility, along with a dedicated staff including three full-time dentists, one part-time dentist, and a full-time hygienist, enable the Clinic to provide cutting-edge, compassionate dental care without a lengthy wait time.

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