WEST CHESTER (November 18, 2019) – About 150 veterans are receiving ongoing dental care through Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), state Senator Andy Dinniman said.
Dinniman recently visited the nonprofit organization to recognize its 2nd annual event, “Give Veterans a Smile Day,” an event focused on providing free dental care to underinsured or uninsured veterans who visited – with a range of services from cleanings and fillings to extractions and X-rays.
“CVIM has been providing expert volunteer care to those in need for decades. The organization continues the gold standard of their dedication, passion, and service to the community,” Dinniman said. “Thanks to its staff and volunteers for local veterans are now receiving the dental treatment they need and deserve.”
Fifty-two veterans were scheduled to receive dental care, and an additional 10 veterans were served with walk-in appointments. That is a more than 50 percent increase from 2018, the event’s inaugural year when CVIM provided free dental care services to 40 veterans.
Alberta Landis, RDH, Vice President of Dental Services at CVIM, spoke on the unique qualities of the event and their overall program.
“We are adopting the care of these veterans – we now have close to 150 veterans who have made CVIM their dental homes, and not only will they receive care today, but they can come for a check-up every six months, too,” Landis said.
She also explained that while most veterans receive medical coverage and benefits, some are not eligible for or cannot afford dental care, which can be expensive and costly.
CVIM’s mission is to provide compassionate medical and dental care and health education to people who live or work in the Chester County region who lack access to insurance, in order to support their goals to lead productive, healthy, and hopeful lives.
The nonprofit organization opened in 1998 and since then has expanded its efforts significantly to meet the needs of a growing community. In the past year, 480 professional volunteers, many of whom are licensed doctors, nurses, and specialists dedicated 56,000 hours to serve more than 4,200 patients in 45,830 visits.
“We’re able to give back to the community thanks to our sponsors, our state legislators, and all the professional volunteers who give their time,” Maureen Tomoschuk, President and CEO of CVIM, said.