Gulf Coast Community Foundation Grants $25K for the Installation
Monday, December 4, 2017
SARASOTA, FL—The Gulf Coast Community Foundation is among the first donors investing in the construction of a much-needed pediatric dental practice in the Sally & Sam Shapiro Babies & Children’s Medical Center through a $25,000 grant to The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center.
The Shapiro Medical Center, run by the Health Department and Community Health Centers of Sarasota County, opened in 2014 to provide pediatric medical care for low-income and Medicaid-enrolled children. Since opening its doors, they have seen a growing need to provide dental care to their clients. “Including a dental clinic was in the original design concept of the building but due to cost restraints, it was not realized during the construction. This generous support from Gulf Coast Community Foundation allows us to make that dream become a reality.,” says Dr. Kameron Hodgens, Executive Director & CEO of Glasser/Schoenbaum.
When the Shapiro Medical Center opened its doors, the Department of Health and Human Services ranked Florida 50 out of 51 states and the DC area in getting Medicaid-enrolled children connected to preventative dental care. “Dental care often seems to fall out of the perceived spectrum of healthcare needs, but these children who are going without it face serious risks for lifelong issues,” said Jon Thaxton, senior vice president for community investment at Gulf Coast. “By adding pediatric dental services at the Shapiro Medical Center, we can help close the huge gap in serving chronic dental needs of community members who are on Medicaid or uninsured.”
The grant from Gulf Coast gets Glasser/Schoenbaum a quarter of the way to their fundraising goal for this construction project. Funders also include the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and other private donors. Glasser/Schoenbaum joins its efforts for the dental installation with commitments from the Health Department to provide the necessary equipment and staff.