California’s first city-operated public dental clinic has opened its doors in Pasadena thanks to a unique city-county-private sector collaboration. An Open House Celebration was held April 24 to showcase the new, high-tech City of Pasadena Michael D. Antonovich Dental Clinic at the City’s Health Department, 1845 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
The four-chair clinic is a state-of-the-art facility to help improve access to oral health services for HIV-positive persons. Services will eventually be expanded to the homeless, seniors, young children and other underserved, income-qualified populations in Pasadena and the Greater San Gabriel Valley area.
While some of California’s counties maintain public health dental clinics, this is the first municipal-based dental clinic in California, according to Dr. Eric Walsh, Pasadena’s Health Officer and Director of the Public Health Department. The new clinic is high-tech and “green” with paperless record keeping systems and computer-based digital x-rays for patients.
The department received more than $795,000 to establish the new dental clinic, including $365,387 from Supervisor Antonovich’s Office; $358,625 for operating costs from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Division of HIV/STD Programs (Ryan White Funding); $40,000 from the Pasadena Community Foundation Center; $30,000 from the Patron Saints Foundation, and $1,500 from Pastor Eisenlord with Good Shepherd Church in Pasadena. Additional assistance was received from the City's Community Development Block Grant program.
The dental clinic will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., alternating Fridays. Services are free or at reduced fees for income-qualified patients.
For more information about the City of Pasadena Michael D. Antonovich Dental Clinic, go to www.cityofpasadena.net/publichealth or call (626) 744-6350.