Rice Regional Dental Clinic announced today that it has received a $72,111 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. The grant will allow Rice Regional Dental Clinic to purchase capital equipment for the organization.
“This is the best part of my job,” said Mary Ann Doyle, President of Bremer Bank in Willmar. “The Otto Bremer Foundation serves a great community purpose. We’re happy to provide funding and increase awareness for this vital program.”
Rice Regional Dental Clinic serves approximately 35-40 patients per day from a 17-county area in West Central and Southwest Minnesota. The clinic answers a community need by accepting patients who have limited access to dental care due to handicap accessibility or financial barriers. Due to the high volume of patients seen on a daily basis, some of the clinic’s capital equipment needed to be replaced and will be purchased using funds from the grant.
Dr. Linda Jackson, Director of the Rice Regional Dental Clinic, said, “We are very thankful to the Otto Bremer Foundation for their support of our dental program. Most of our patients have no dental insurance, receive public assistance, or have difficulty with accessing care in the private sector. Without this clinic, patients would have to travel further distances in order to receive care, and some will end up in the emergency room with pain and potentially life-threatening infections.”
Rice Regional Dental Clinic opened in December 2007 and immediately experienced a high demand for services, confirming the projections of a serious unmet need for dental services among low-income families. The clinic provides care to public program, underserved and uninsured residents, as well as those with no other means to access dental care. The primary service area of the Rice Regional Dental Clinic includes the following counties in West Central and Southwest Minnesota: Big Stone, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Pope, Redwood, Renville, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, and Yellow Medicine.
Students from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry are assigned to serve at the clinic on a rotating basis, year-round. The dental students treat patients under the direct supervision of a faculty dentist or faculty dental hygiene instructor. These dental students are able to gain better exposure to state-of-the-art technology, and see many more patients with a greater complexity of care needs than if their training was restricted to the Twin Cities.
About Rice Regional Dental Clinic
Rice Regional Dental Clinic is located on the campus of Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Minnesota, ensuring important connections to other services offered in the community. The Dental Clinic is the result of a major collaborative effort between Rice Memorial Hospital and the University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry in the Twin Cities.
About the Otto Bremer Foundation
Created in 1944, the Otto Bremer Foundation assists people in achieving full economic, civic and social participation in and for the betterment of their communities. The Foundation strives to help build healthy, vibrant communities in the places that are homes and neighbors to Bremer banks—communities where basic needs are met, mutual regard is prized and opportunities for economic, civic and social participation are within everyone’s reach. The Otto Bremer Foundation owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank, and receives an equivalent share of the bank profits that are paid out as dividends. This means that a large portion of bank profit is invested back in local communities through grants and program-related investments.